Theater and Dance A conversation with Stephen Parker, author of <em>Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life</em> WSWS writers Sybille Fuchs, Stefan Steinberg and David Walsh recently spoke to the author of a valuable new biography of the famed German playwright and poet. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-19T05:00:00Z Stephen Parker’s <em>Bertolt Brecht. A Literary Life</em>—a welcome biography that raises big historical issues One of the most talented and influential playwrights of the 20th century, Brecht adapted to Stalinism, with pernicious consequences for his career and work. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-18T05:00:00Z John Patrick Shanley’s <em>Prodigal Son</em>: A working class youth at a Catholic high school in the 1960s The playwright raises some important issues and then proceeds to skirt them, leaving the audience with little more than a banal liberalism. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-19T05:00:00Z <em>Woman at the Window</em>: Oratorio remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Students at the Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles tackle the deadliest industrial disaster in US history in an honest and compelling work. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-16T05:00:00Z Beethoven’s <em>Fidelio</em> distorted beyond recognition at 2015 Salzburg Festival The opera was written in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and expressed the composer’s devotion to the ideals of the Enlightenment. Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-07T05:00:00Z “Foul deeds will rise…”: <em>Hamlet</em>, in a world on the brink The weight of our time is felt, even if unevenly, in the overall mood of the recent production of <em>Hamlet</em> with Benedict Cumberbatch. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-05T05:00:00Z <em>Voodoo</em>, a Harlem Renaissance opera, revived in New York H. Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954) was active as a composer, conductor and teacher, but his work was rarely performed during his lifetime. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-02T05:00:00Z Alan Seymour (1927–2015)—a critical voice against Australian militarism Seymour’s most successful play <em>The One Day of the Year </em>is one of the very few that challenges the myths surrounding Anzac Day. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-21T05:00:00Z <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> dramatizes 1985 hijacking of Achille Lauro John Adams’s opera is a worthy addition to the contemporary operatic repertory. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z Satchmo at the Waldorf in New York: The life and times of jazz great Louis Armstrong A one-man show in New York reveals something of the man behind the myth about an iconic figure in jazz history Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-12T05:00:00Z <em>The Long Way Home</em>: Sydney Theatre Company signs up with the Australian military The play effects concern about the plight of psychologically and physically wounded soldiers, while whitewashing the Australian military and covering up the criminal nature of the imperialist occupation of Afghanistan. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-26T05:00:00Z Sean O’Casey’s <em>Juno and the Paycock</em> in New York City Irish playwright O’Casey’s <em>Juno and the Paycock</em>, first performed at the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin in May 1924, is set in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-12-02T05:00:00Z The artist pays a terrible price in Henrik Ibsen’s <em>The Master Builder</em> A recent production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring veteran actor John Turturro, brought life to Henrik Ibsen’s 1893 play. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-08-15T05:00:00Z <em>The Caucasian Chalk Circle</em>: Brecht’s parable on “the temptation to do good” The Classic Stage Company in New York recently staged a limited run of Bertolt Brecht’s last major play. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-04T05:00:00Z David Mamet’s <em>Race</em> in Toronto In <em>Race</em>, a wealthy white man is accused of raping a black woman. He turns to a law firm run by two male partners—one white and one black—and asks them to defend him. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-04-30T05:00:00Z <em>Finks</em> dramatizes the 1950s anti-communist blacklist A play based on the lives of Jack and Madeline Gilford makes the 1950s witch-hunts and the struggle against them come alive. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-04-26T05:00:00Z <em>Old Hats</em> from Bill Irwin and David Shiner: An evening with the clowns <em>Old Hats</em> is a highly entertaining night out at the theater for people of all ages. Veteran performers Bill Irwin and David Shiner splendidly bounce off each other for the one hour and 50 minute show. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-04-19T05:00:00Z <em>Letters to Trotsky</em>: A remarkable play at Bielefeld’s Theaterlabor in Germany A new play, staged by an experimental ensemble in Bielefeld, movingly recreates the hopes of and hardships suffered by the Soviet population in the early 1920s. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-30T05:00:00Z Revival of Clifford Odets’ <em>Golden Boy</em> (1937): The American dream turns sour At the center of Odets’ Depression-era play is Joe Bonaparte (Seth Numrich), a gifted violinist. Bonaparte, however, is equally adept as a boxer and therein lies the play’s central drama. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-01-16T05:00:00Z Sorry at New York’s Public Theater: American liberals on Election Day The third in a series of plays set in Rhinebeck, New York, Sorry reflects a certain retreat from critical issues. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-11-23T05:00:00Z Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour: Doom and gloom pervades.... In Adam Rapp’s new play, terrorists (or perhaps not) have taken over New York City, and a woman hides out in her Lower East Side apartment. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-10-20T05:00:00Z She Town: a drama of working class life in pre-WW II Dundee Set in Dundee, Scotland in the late 1930s, Sharman Macdonald’s play recounts the struggles of a group of working class women and their families to make ends meet. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-10-13T05:00:00Z Cyrano de Bergerac in New York: The tale of a gallant individual A revival of Edmond Rostand’s well-known 1897 comedy-drama, Cyrano de Bergerac, opens on Broadway October 11. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-10-04T05:00:00Z Silent: A homeless man in Dublin, with anger and regrets about the past The central figure in Pat Kinevane’s one-man effort is a Dublin homeless man, whose brother committed suicide years before. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-09-17T05:00:00Z Peter and the Starcatcher: An evening of complacent children’s theater Based on the children’s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher was adapted for the stage by Rick Elice and made its Broadway debut in April 2012. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-09-06T05:00:00Z Valley of the Shadow: A drama about art, society and revolution Valley of the Shadow concerns itself with life in small village in Yorkshire at the time of the First World War. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-07-11T05:00:00Z Interview with Jack Shepherd, British actor and playwright Award-winning actor and playwright Jack Shepherd was born in Yorkshire in October 1940. As well as acting, writing, producing and directing, he also plays the saxophone and jazz piano. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-07-11T05:00:00Z The Late Henry Moss: Sam Shepard’s final exorcism Director David Fofi delivers a powerhouse production of Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss. Sat, 07 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-07-07T05:00:00Z The Crucible: Arthur Miller’s classic still scalds This solid production of American playwright Arthur Miller’s classic drama of the consequences of religious hysteria still resonates, while reminding us of the anti-communist witch-hunts of the McCarthyite era. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-06-29T05:00:00Z Mary Shelley—A new play about her remarkable life and times The new play by Helen Edmundson is based on the relationship between Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) and her father, radical journalist and philosopher William Godwin, between 1813 and 1816. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-06-13T05:00:00Z An interview with Helen Edmundson, author of Mary Shelley The WSWS recently spoke to playwright Helen Edmundson, whose play on the life of Mary Shelley is currently running in London. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-06-13T05:00:00Z Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Harvey Theater in Brooklyn: A classic has lost none of its power The Caretaker tells a story of self-delusion and loneliness, through an incident involving two brothers and a homeless man who appears in their lives. Wed, 23 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-23T05:00:00Z Palaces of memory: August Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman The Strindberg & Cinema Festival in Los Angeles featured two films that Ingmar Bergman made for Swedish television: his version of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play (1963) and his portrait of a theater director, After the Rehearsal (1984). Mon, 21 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-21T05:00:00Z Belgrade production of They Live exposes corruption of Serbia’s political parties Maja Pelevic and Milan Markovic have created a play They Live (Oni Zive) exposing the hollowness of the political system in Serbia. Wed, 16 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-16T05:00:00Z The Bewildered Herd in Los Angeles: “Making the puppets jump” Cody Henderson’s new play takes on the would-be manipulators of public opinion and their personal and family relations. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-04-26T05:00:00Z David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People: The American theater rediscovers class Good People is a play about social class in America. Class perceptions, stereotyping and divisions permeate every scene and almost every moment. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-04-18T05:00:00Z Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice: A world consumed with trade and commerce The production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice now running at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, California is vibrant and refreshing. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-04-14T05:00:00Z Dust: Scargill’s dreams, and reality, Britain 1984-2012 Dust: Scargill’s dreams, and reality, Britain 1984-2012 received its English premiere at the Barnsley Civic theatre March 15-17. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-04-09T05:00:00Z The Many Mistresses Of Martin Luther King and the politics of race in America Andrew Dolan’s play, currently on stage in Los Angeles, attempts to address racial stereotyping, identity politics and the academic world. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-03-26T05:00:00Z Isaak Babel’s Marya: An antirevolutionary play? The award-winning German director Andrea Breth has staged an outstanding but rarely performed Soviet play at the Düsseldorf Theatre, Isaak Babel’s Marya (1935). Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-03-19T05:00:00Z New version of Porgy and Bess: A pale reflection of a work of genius and compassion The greatest American opera is presented in a new musical version on Broadway. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-03-02T05:00:00Z John Ford’s The Broken Heart: Impressive production of a rarely performed 17th-century classic The Broken Heart, by English playwright John Ford (1586-c. 1639), is currently playing Off Broadway at the Duke Theater on 42nd street in New York City, as part of Theater for a New Audience’s current season. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-02-22T05:00:00Z In defense of Shakespeare—a conversation with veteran Australian actor and director John Bell A conversation with distinguished Australian actor and director John Bell, who founded the Bell Shakespeare theatre company in 1990. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-12-13T05:00:00Z Asuncion: Inauspicious debut play from film actor Jesse Eisenberg The first play by actor Jesse Eisenberg is apparently his effort to combat “political correctness,” among other things. The result is muddled. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-11-15T05:00:00Z Betrayed: An American liberal looks at the disaster he helped bring about in Iraq Journalist George Packer’s play considers the fate of three Iraqi translators and collaborators with the American occupation. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-10-31T05:00:00Z “Sweet and Sad”: An honest, probing look at life on the anniversary of 9/11 This is the second play in a projected trilogy by Richard Nelson dealing with ordinary events in the life of a family centered in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-10-03T05:00:00Z The Shaw Festival’s 50th Season: George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House Heartbreak House is the featured work this year at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-07-23T05:00:00Z Financial crisis deepens at New York City Opera On July 12, City Opera artistic director George Steel held a news conference to announce that the company would stage a total of only four productions in the 2011-12 season, to be held at three different venues around the city. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-07-21T05:00:00Z An Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism: Tony Kushner looks at the decay of the “left” Playwright Tony Kushner’s most recent work takes up unusual subject matter: the decline of trade unionism and the American Communist Party. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-07-20T05:00:00Z Tom Jacobson’s The Chinese Massacre (Annotated)…or Massacred History (Restored) The Chinese Massacre (Annotated), written by Tom Jacobson, directed by Jeff Liu and presented by Circle X Theatre Company at the Atwater Village Theatre, Los Angeles. April 22-May 28, 2011. Mon, 30 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-05-30T05:00:00Z Previews for “Spider-Man” musical in New York produce a rash of injuries In the latest of a series of accidents and resulting injuries that have plagued the forthcoming musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” now in previews in New York City, a 31-year-old actor was hurt December 20. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-12-29T05:00:00Z Angels in America returns to New York The Signature Theater revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America brings this well-known play back to the New York stage to mark the 20th year of the theater, as well as the 25th anniversary of the year in which the drama takes place. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-11-30T05:00:00Z Danton’s Death at the National Theatre Danton’s Death, the famed play by German writer Georg Büchner, follows the conflict which took place in March and April 1794 within the “Mountain”—the most revolutionary wing of the French National Convention. Thu, 02 Sep 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-09-02T05:00:00Z Shostakovich’s The Nose finds its way to the opera stage Shostakovich’s first opera, The Nose, recently received its premiere production at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, more than 80 years after it first appeared. Tue, 06 Apr 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-04-06T05:00:00Z Sweeping cuts in German cultural facilities The huge cuts being made in the sphere of culture in Germany are an indication of the bourgeois establishment’s low regard for the arts. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-03-23T05:00:00Z The Power of Yes: A serious indictment of capitalism In the wake of the ongoing crisis, the British theatre has sought in a number of pieces to address the meltdown of the financial system. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-12-22T05:00:00Z A dramatic account of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes A review of Kieron Barry’s play Stockwell: The Inquest into the Death of Jean Charles de Menezes. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-09-29T05:00:00Z A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine by Trevor Griffiths Trevor Griffiths’ A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine brings to the stage an 18th century figure who made a significant contribution to both the American and French revolutions and whose writings have continued to influence revolutionary movements ever since. Fri, 18 Sep 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-09-18T05:00:00Z Ruined: Congo is setting for prize-winning play on wartime violence against women Ruined, by Lynn Nottage, is set in a Congolese brothel during the civil war that has raged for most of the past decade in that impoverished African nation. It has strengths, but also serious problems. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-06-19T05:00:00Z “England People” deeply flawed Richard Bean’s latest play England People Very Nice fails both artistically and politically. Fri, 29 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-05-29T05:00:00Z The Idea Man at the Elephant Theatre Company in Los Angeles Kevin King’s The Idea Man, now receiving its world premiere with the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood, CA, leaps exuberantly into the gulf between labor and management. Mon, 18 May 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-05-18T05:00:00Z Lions roaring in a well Lions is set in a neighborhood tavern in Detroit. The play treats the lives of a group of working class football fans, as their team disappoints them once again, and their economic and personal prospects darken. Wed, 01 Apr 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-04-01T05:00:00Z Toronto the Good: It needs to push harder in some very uncomfortable places Andrew Moodie’s new play Toronto the Good opened at Toronto’s Factory Theatre on January 31, offering audiences an intelligent, entertaining and lively evening of theatre. Wed, 18 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-02-18T05:00:00Z London’s Globe Theatre to stage Trevor Griffiths’ A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine Academy Award winning writer Trevor Griffiths speaks about his new play A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine, which will be produced at London’s Globe Theatre this summer. It is an adaptation of his screenplay These Are The Times: A Life of Thomas Paine, and will dramatise the life of an outstanding revolutionary whose works retain an intense relevance for today. Wed, 18 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT 2009-02-18T05:00:00Z In Spitting Distance: war, exile and other daily realities for Palestinians In Spitting Distance is an emotional and at times darkly ironic exploration of the situation facing a Palestinian actor/playwright in Ramallah, Paris and Tel Aviv in 2002. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-11-24T05:00:00Z An interview with Khalifa Natour and Ofira Henig In Spitting Distance, a one-man show performed by Khalifa Natour and directed by Ofira Henig, was recently staged at the Sydney Opera House. Henig and Natour discussed the production with Richard Phillips. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-11-24T05:00:00Z Ken Campbell (1941-2008): A unique theatrical talent The death of the restlessly brilliant Ken Campbell, aged just 66, has robbed the theatre of one of its most inspiring talents. He was instantly recognisable: a short, bald man with increasingly unruly eyebrows, possessed of an extraordinary speaking voice, once compared to an exhaust pipe with a broken silencer. He did take some commercial television work in sitcoms and soap operas, and some small film parts, but his reputation was established on the basis of the singularity of his own theatrical vision. Thu, 11 Sep 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-09-11T05:00:00Z Porgy and Bess in Berlin Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, July 4 to August 1, 2008; conducted by Willie Waters; directed by Angelo Gobbato; the opera will also be performed at Den Norske Opera, Oslo, August 9 to August 29 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-07-29T05:00:00Z A turn toward history we need: Paris Commune at the Public Theater in New York Paris Commune, written by Steven Cosson and J. Michael Friedman, directed by Steven Cosson, and performed by The Civilians at the Public Lab Series Workshop at the Public Theater in New York City, April 4 to 20 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-06-04T05:00:00Z Adding Machine: Musical version of a 1920s play reverberates in the 21st century The musical adaptation of an 85-year-old play by American writer Elmer Rice has drawn praise from critics and a strong response from theatergoers in New York City, where it opened in February. “Adding Machine” was produced in Chicago and brought with its cast and creative team to Off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theater. Sat, 12 Apr 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-04-12T05:00:00Z Works by Trevor Griffiths 1969 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-02-21T05:00:00Z An interview with playwright Trevor Griffiths Trevor Griffiths has just published a screenplay for a film about the life of the eighteenth century revolutionary Thomas Paine. He wrote the screenplay for the film Reds with Warren Beatty and has a long list of television and theatre plays to his credit. Thu, 21 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-02-21T05:00:00Z Trevor Griffiths’ These are the Times: a Life of Thomas Paine Thu, 21 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-02-21T05:00:00Z The Death of Margaret Thatcher—a play by Tom Green Tom Green’s The Death of Margaret Thatcher, at the Courtyard Theatre, London N1, through March 2 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMT 2008-02-14T05:00:00Z Hotel Obsino writer Adam Broinowski speaks with WSWS Writer and director Adam Broinowski spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about Hotel Obsino, which was recently staged at the La Mama Theatre as part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. (See Hotel Obsino: inner-city poverty and despair) Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-12-11T05:00:00Z Hotel Obsino: inner-city poverty and despair Hotel Obsino, written and directed by Adam Broinowksi, was staged at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, an alternative annual arts festival held for three weeks in late September. Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-12-11T05:00:00Z Letters on Brian Wilson The following correspondence was sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article, “An evening with Brian Wilson” and two subsequent letters, posted here and here. Mon, 19 Nov 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-11-19T05:00:00Z An Evening with Brian Wilson I have wanted to see Brian Wilson for a long time and got the chance to do so September 23 when he played Manchester, England on his latest tour. Wed, 24 Oct 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-10-24T05:00:00Z The Kingdom: Spinning reality any way one wants Directed by Peter Berg, screenplay by Matthew Carnahan Mon, 22 Oct 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-10-22T05:00:00Z Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia Tom Stoppard’s trilogy The Coast of Utopia, near the end of its six-month run at Lincoln Center’s Beaumont Theater in New York City, is an unusual theatrical event. The aim of these three plays—Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage—is nothing less than to depict the rise and early struggles of the Russian intelligentsia. This very small stratum, drawn largely from the most privileged layers of the population, was to play a seminal role in Russian and world history. Sat, 21 Apr 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-04-21T05:00:00Z To speak the truth without being afraid: My Name Is Rachel Corrie on stage in New York My Name Is Rachel Corrie by Alan Rickman and Katherine Vinter, directed by Alan Rickman, at the Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, October 15—December 30, 2006. Sat, 20 Jan 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-01-20T05:00:00Z Lillian Groag’s The Magic Fire at the Shaw Festival: an unusually perceptive piece The Magic Fire, by Lillian Groag, directed by Jackie Maxwell, at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 11 to October 8 Sat, 02 Sep 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-09-02T05:00:00Z The Threepenny Opera and St. Joan of the Stockyards on stage in Berlin Official Germany has long had an ambiguous attitude toward one of the country’s most gifted poets and dramatists, Bertolt Brecht, who died fifty years ago this month. During the period of the Cold War, Brecht was either heavily criticised or ignored by the vast majority of West German anti-communist critics and politicians, who sought to make political capital out of the artist’s choice to settle and work in Stalinist East Germany (GDR). Thu, 31 Aug 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-08-31T05:00:00Z A passionate exposure of the David Hicks case, with one glaring omission Honour Bound, a 90-minute multimedia performance co-designed and directed by Nigel Jamieson at the Sydney Opera House until September 3 and Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre from September 15 until October 1, dramatises the plight of David Hicks, a 31-year-old Australian citizen imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for almost five years in violation of the Geneva Conventions and his basic democratic rights. Wed, 23 Aug 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-08-23T05:00:00Z Powerful truths, limited aims: No Child by the Epic Theater Center in New York No Child, written and performed by Nilaja Sun, directed by Hal Brooks, produced by the Epic Theater Center at the Samuel Beckett Theater, New York City Mon, 26 Jun 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-06-26T05:00:00Z A history lesson from Britain fails to shed much light The History Boys first premiered in London in 2004 and won a host of awards. It has since traveled to Australia and the US. Reviewers from the WSWS saw the play in Sydney and in its current production in New York. Tue, 16 May 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-05-16T05:00:00Z Stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984: Puppets of the police state 1984, world premiere, based on the novel by George Orwell; adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan; directed by Tim Robbins for the Actors’ Gang at the Ivy Station, Culver City, California, through April 8, 2006. Mon, 13 Mar 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-03-13T05:00:00Z Everything about this performance felt right The Polish theatre company Teatr Piesn Kozla, (translated as The Song of the Goat Theatre Company) recently performed its award winning production of Chronicles—a lamentation, as part of the international presentations of this year’s Sydney festival. Fri, 10 Mar 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-03-10T05:00:00Z Dreiser’s classic An American Tragedy is brought to the New York opera stage The premiere of a new American opera is a relatively unusual occurrence. By one count, there have been about 200 such premieres in the past 15 years, but this compares with tens of thousands of performances of operatic classics during the same period by scores of opera companies, large and small, throughout the US. Moreover, of the 200 or so contemporary operas that have been produced, only a handful have been performed again since their original appearance. There is some hand-wringing, under these circumstances, over whether opera is a dying art form. Thu, 19 Jan 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-01-19T05:00:00Z British playwright Harold Pinter awarded Nobel Prize in literature Harold Pinter, widely viewed as the most influential and accomplished playwright in postwar Britain, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday. The announcement by the Swedish Academy came as a surprise to media circles that speculate on the recipients of the Academy’s annual peace award and its awards for achievement in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, economics and literature. Fri, 14 Oct 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-10-14T05:00:00Z Orientalism exploded Pera Palas, written by Sinan Unel, directed by Michael Michetti. Co-produced by the Antaeus Company and The Theatre at Boston Court. Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena, California. West Coast premiere. July 23-August 28, 2005. Thu, 04 Aug 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-08-04T05:00:00Z Interview with Elizabeth Ruiz, author of Death by Survival Jamie Chapman of the WSWS interviewed Elizabeth Ruiz, author of the play Death by Survival, in New York City where she resides, after the premiere of the play in San Diego. Wed, 22 Jun 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-06-22T05:00:00Z Living with the fear factor Death by Survival, written by Elizabeth Ruiz, directed by Dori Salois. World premiere presented by Vantage Theatre and Centro Cultural de la Raza at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, California Wed, 22 Jun 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-06-22T05:00:00Z An absurdist play fails to withstand the test of time The Chairs, by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Benedict Andrews, Company B Belvoir, Belvoir St. Theatre, Sydney Wed, 08 Jun 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-06-08T05:00:00Z Fatal stumble in the jungle The People’s Temple, written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski, with additional writing and dramaturgy by Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh and Margo Hall. At the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, California, through June 5, 2005. Thu, 02 Jun 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-06-02T05:00:00Z A comment on Brecht in Los Angeles Mother Courage and Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Andrew J. Robinson, produced by The Antaeus Company, at New Place Theater Center, North Hollywood, California, through May 22, 2005 Wed, 11 May 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-05-11T05:00:00Z Iraq: the dirty story The Sand Storm, written by Sean Huze, directed by David Fofi, produced by Sandstorm Productions, Operation Truth, and Elephant Stageworks at the Elephant Asylum in Hollywood, California, from March 17 through May 14, 2005 Fri, 06 May 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-05-06T05:00:00Z An imaginative and courageous political exposure Two Brothers, written by Hannie Rayson, directed by Simon Phillips and designed by Stephen Curtis Thu, 05 May 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-05-05T05:00:00Z To “hold the world but as the world...” The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Michael Radford, screenplay by Radford Thu, 17 Mar 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-03-17T05:00:00Z Not taken from life Pugilist Specialist, by Adriano Shaplin, production by The Riot Group, at The Culture Project, New York City, November 3-28, and The Magic Theater, San Francisco, December 1-18 Thu, 09 Dec 2004 05:00:00 GMT 2004-12-09T05:00:00Z