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Clybourne Park — Adaptation Supreme

Clybourne Park — Adaptation Supreme

| June 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Beneatha: An end to misery! To stupidity!  Don’t you see there isn’t any real progress, Asagai, there is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture in front of us — our own little mirage that we think is the future. Asagai: That is [...]

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Farewell to Great Gossip and a Fondness for Cigars

Farewell to Great Gossip and a Fondness for Cigars

| May 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

David Heymann, who was a very special friend to all of us at DAPTD, was a character out of one of his own books. When he died last week, he left a storied past, to be told and re-told for years to come in conflicting versions by the many people who deeply loved him. His [...]

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Reaching Beyond Chickdom

Reaching Beyond Chickdom

| May 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Check out the annals of adapted novels, and seek out the women’s work that has made it to film.  Most of it — please don’t mistake the word most for the word all — is pretty superficial stuff, easily translated into slick, pabulum-y entertainments that require little intellectual engagement on the part of the audience.  [...]

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Fine Art

Fine Art

| May 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Daniel Scott Fine has always been a rebel. A consummate theater person, no one has a better sense of staging, better feel for design, better awareness of light; yet he railed against the theater, proclaimed it static, powerless. He forever demanded that the theater stretch its limits, that it encompass a wider range of realities [...]

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Smashing Marilyn

Smashing Marilyn

| April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Editing a book about Marilyn Monroe that is due out in August, I was naturally pulled into watching Smash. This is the potential land of milk and honey for anyone enamored of Adaptations, right? It’s a television adaptation of a Broadway production adapting the life of the icon of adaptation herself, Ms. Marilyn Monroe. It [...]

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Adapting Russell Banks

Adapting Russell Banks

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Reading Lost Memory of Skin, I am astounded once again by Russell Banks’ ability to adapt his writing to create character, time, place.  His voice changes for each protagonist he creates, and in the way a chameleon-like actor slips into the skin of a character, Banks burrows into the brains of his. In Lost Memory [...]

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From NY Magazine — Adaptation SUPREMO

From NY Magazine — Adaptation SUPREMO

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, I wrote about Clybourne Park, a kind of adaptation — beginning with a riff — of A Raisin in the Sun, now playing at the Walter Kerr Theater, in New York City.  Michael Alan Connelly posted a piece in this week’s New York Magazine that explains how one of the sub-adaptations, the [...]

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Historical Adaptation – Island of Vice, by Richard Zacks

Historical Adaptation – Island of Vice, by Richard Zacks

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Any middle schooler will tell you that the history teachers who got you to WANT to come to class, who enticed you to WANT to know their subject matter were the ones who wove facts into an entertaining panorama of events and characters, the ones who had you sitting on the edge of your seat, [...]

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Too Many Children Left Behind

Too Many Children Left Behind

| April 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Having spent a number of years in a high school classroom teaching writing and drama, neither of which lend themselves to standardized testing, I have long been baffled by “No child left behind.”  It seems to me that the program left most children way outside the learning curve and punished teachers who attempted to sweep [...]

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War Horse Wars

War Horse Wars

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

  I know.  “War Horse Wars” is just a catchy title.  There’s no real conflict among the three adaptations of the incredibly melodramatic story; each one is doing just fine, nurturing soaring fan bases, garnering accolades, making War Horse a household word.  I’m guessing there will be more versions coming soon – at the very [...]

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