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Friday, November 27, 2020

Smart play by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review American Players Theatre’s reading of Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Lydia R. Diamond’s “Smart People,”…

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Replay: Mary Martin in Peter Pan by Terry Teachout

A scene from NBC’s 1960 telecast of the musical version of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin and adapted and directed for the stage by Jerome Robbins. The song is by Carolyn Leigh and Moose…

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Almanac: James M. Barrie on death by Terry Teachout

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” James M. Barrie, Peter Pan Continue reading Almanac: James M. Barrie on death at About Last Night.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Blessings in disguise by Terry Teachout

Not long after Hilary died, an old friend of mine who is also a psychiatrist said something that stayed with me: “You should try to reach a point where you can see your marriage to her as …

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Almanac: Samuel Beckett on how not to live by Terry Teachout

“VLADIMIR: Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave digger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. (He listen…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Snapshot: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance Romeo and Juliet by Terry Teachout

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance the death scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet version of Romeo and Juliet. The score is by Prokofiev: (This is the latest in a series of arts- an…

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Almanac: Cesare Pavese on suffering by Terry Teachout

“There is an art in taking the whiplash of suffering full in the face, an art you must learn. Let each single attack exhaust itself; pain always makes single attacks, so that its bite may …

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lookback: a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of Milwaukee and Madison by Terry Teachout

From 2015: Milwaukee contains five buildings designed by Wright, most of them private residences. More often than not, his houses were commissioned by people who had a fair amount of money t…

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Almanac: Walter Benjamin on happiness and the past by Terry Teachout

“Our image of happiness is indissolubly bound up with the image of the past.” Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History Continue reading Almanac: Walter Benjamin on happine…

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Home fires by Terry Teachout

I miss Hilary and, I expect, always will. I gather that’s what happens when you lose a partner in the heartbreakingly unexpected way I did. Just the other day I muttered to myself, “Darl…

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Loosening a headlock by Terry Teachout

I’ve written a “Sightings” column for today’s Wall Street Journal about the reason why so few regional theater companies are webcasting their shows. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  …

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Just because: Snoopy and Woodstock eat Thanksgiving dinner by Terry Teachout

A scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) Continue readin…

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Almanac: Ambrose Bierce on gratitude by Terry Teachout

“When prosperous the fool trembles for the evil that is to come; in adversity the philosopher smiles for the good that he has had.” Ambrose Bierce, Epigrams Continue reading Alm…

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Scrutinizing the inscrutable by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Irish Rep’s webcast revival of Bill Irwin’s On Beckett/In Screen. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * It’s a puzzle to me why we have yet to…

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Replay: Ella Fitzgerald appears on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show by Terry Teachout

Ella Fitzgerald appears as a guest on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show. This episode was originally telecast by NBC on March 8, 1959: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related …

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Almanac: Hugh MacLennan on marital love by Terry Teachout

“I don’t know how a man can describe his wife to somebody else unless he dislikes her—there is nothing like dislike to make a character appear vivid—but the very things in a woman th…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Almanac: Peter De Vries on atheism by Terry Teachout

“What baffles me is the comfort people find in the idea that somebody dealt this mess. Blind and meaningless chance seems to me so much more congenial—or at least less horrible. Prove to…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Snapshot: Walter Brennan appears on “This Is Your Life” by Terry Teachout

Walter Brennan is the guest on “This Is Your Life.” This episode was originally telecast by NBC on March 30, 1955: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos th…

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Almanac: Peter De Vries on modern medicine by Terry Teachout

“But that’s medicine, the art of prolonging disease.” “Jesus,” I said, with a laugh. “Why would anybody want to prolong it?” “In order to postpone grief.” Peter De Vries, …

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dungeons and Democrats by Terry Teachout

A new episode of Three on the Aisle, the podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading. He…

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Lookback: does being well-read help musicians play better? by Terry Teachout

From 2004: All of which leads me to ask: is the performance of classical music an intellectual activity? Did the breadth of Glenn Gould’s culture make him a better interpreter of Bach? I w…

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Almanac: Peter De Vries on grief by Terry Teachout

“We all have to climb out of the pit of desolation, or what is more likely, have to live in it, planting our flowers among the ashes and squirting them with our gaiety.” Peter De Vries, …

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Just because: Bing Crosby appears on Person to Person by Terry Teachout

Bing Crosby appears as the guest on Person to Person, hosted by Edward R. Murrow. This episode was originally telecast live by CBS on December 3, 1954: (This is the latest in a series of a…

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Almanac: Rebecca West on human understanding by Terry Teachout

“The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.” Rebecca West, The Meaning of Treason Continue reading Alman…

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Replay: Ben Webster plays Billy Strayhorn by Terry Teachout

Ben Webster plays Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge” in an undated telecast from the Sixties: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this s…

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Almanac: Bertrand Russell on prejudice and reality by Terry Teachout

“We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think—in fact th…

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

All alone with Talley’s Folly by Terry Teachout

I reviewed Syracuse Stage’s webcast of Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly in today’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Full-length plays for two actors are in greate…

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Almanac: E.M. Forster on sorrow by Terry Teachout

“There’s enough sorrow in the world, isn’t there, without trying to invent it.” E.M. Forster, A Room with a View Continue reading Almanac: E.M. Forster on sorrow at About Last Night.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Myself when young(er) by Terry Teachout

On Friday night I taped a two-hour-long Zoom video interview with Bill Hayes, the artistic director of Palm Beach Dramaworks, in which the two of us talked about my life, my work as a critic…

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Snapshot: Satchmo plays for the troops in 1967 by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong and the All Stars perform “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Hello, Dolly!” at Fort Hood in 1967. They are introduced by Dick Ca…

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Almanac: Publilius Syrus on solitude by Terry Teachout

“Solitude is the mother of anxieties.” Publilius Syrus, Moral Sayings Continue reading Almanac: Publilius Syrus on solitude at About Last Night.

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