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Three on the Aisle: Theatre Vs. Film With Kenneth Lonergan

The critics interview the Oscar-winning screenwriter about finally getting some Broadway love, and trade thoughts on ‘King Kong.’

Twice a month, critics Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of The Washington Post get together to talk about what’s going on in the American theatre.

This episode, the critics talk about the musical spectacle King Kong: what it means for Broadway going forward, how long it might last, and whether it will one day earn a place on Joe Allen’s infamous wall of flops.

Then the critics speak with Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, and playwright Kenneth Lonergan about the Broadway production of his play The Waverly Gallery, as well as the different skill sets required in writing for the stage and screen, not to mention his method for getting into the minds of the characters he creates.

To close the show, the critics recall times their critical quotes were taken out of context in the advertising for shows, and discuss their feelings on Beetlejuice at the National Theater in D.C., American Son on Broadway, and Melissa Errico’s new album Sondheim Sublime.

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