Two new books consider the possibilities and limits of documentary theatre in a polarized nation.
Two books come not to bury the Bard but to bring his writing down to the common ground we share.
Priscilla Gilman’s memoir portrays her father, Richard Gilman, as a passionate, difficult figure who bequeathed her life lessons, many unwittingly.
Patti Hartigan’s excellent new biography gives us a rich portrait of the playwright’s life and art, and a measure of his significance.
A new biography of Sam Shepard focuses on the man as an icon rather than as a writer—though, as with everything in the late dramatist’s work, such delineations are never so neat.
A look at two new reads for musical theatre fans: a thought-provoking analysis of Broadway’s body biases and a breezy memoir by dance icon Chita Rivera.
A new book documents Oskar Eustis’s regime at the pivotal New York theatre, with its heady mix of idealism, triumph, compromise, and controversy.
The theatre is one place where the disparate, diverse Asian American experience has found common expression, as a new entry in Routledge’s Milestones series shows.
John Lahr’s new biography recounts the story of a playwright who met his historical moment like few before or since, then struggled for a second act.
A new guide to musicals about American history, and a new biography of the crucial figure Oscar Hammerstein II, make new cases for taking the form seriously.