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event musings: o’neill on the cutting room floor

The O’Neill: On the Cutting Room Floor A conversation with Preston Whiteway (O’Neill Executive Director), Jeffrey Sweet (author + playwright + alumnus), and Skip Mercier (designer + exhibit curator) Thursday, August 7, […]

event musings: promoting broadway

Drama Desk presents: You Gotta Have a Gimmick … or a Star! Moderated by Randie Levine-Miller Panelists Peter Filichia, Josh Ellis, Susan L. Schulman and Leslie Bader Papa Monday, February 10, 2014 at […]

playwrights, critics and scenes

Visions of playwrights and critics can inspire images of dramatic scenes. Colleagues from Chicago tell a story about a certain critic arriving at the lobby of a show and being […]

event musings: the group theatre

The Group Theatre & How it Transformed American Culture Co-curated by Ronald Rand & Mel Gordon Featuring Ellen Adler, Laila Robins, Wendy Smith, John Strasberg, Fritz Weaver (and others) Monday, […]

event musings: judy: a legendary film career

92YTribeca: Judy: A Legendary Film Career John Fricke presents clips and history Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12 noon 92YTribeca, 2000 Hudson Street (at Canal) event site  “People always expect […]

event musings: oz movie magic

Over the Rainbow and How They Got There: Special Effects in The Wizard of Oz Sun, December 5. 2010 3pm Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Tisch Building,  212 West 83rd Street exhibit […]

event musings: harvardwood: sallie bingham

When:  Wednesday, November 10, Reading at 7 p.m. Where:  The Barclay Bar & Grill, 111 East 48th Street Harvardwood, the Harvard alumni arts organization with branches in Hollywood and New […]

fink, pink and the plaza

Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise (and many additional ports of call).  I shall indulge in some ruminations about this amazing woman, this memoir published November 2010, and an […]

repost: “serendipitous acts of fate and community”

[Repost of an entry in my dramaturgy blog on the Philadelphia Dramatists Center web site.  Original:] “Serendipitous Acts of Fate and Community”: A report of an event, a publication, a […]

Round Up the Usual Suspects

In 1976, I was completely unaware that the location of my introduction to Casablanca (1942) was a theatre with an instrumental role in the post WWII “cult of Casablanca” history […]