Jewish Journal

Charles Marowitz

  • The Idiot Box

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most common complaints against television journalism is that it has deteriorated into entertainment. The cause, as always, is attributed to the rating wars -- the need to capture the greatest number of viewers by the most dramatic and theatrical means possible....

  • The Wearing Down of the Green

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It is hard to believe that "The Cripple of Inishman" was written only a few years ago by a contemporary Irish playwright, Martin McDonough. The play, which has just opened the Geffen's new season looks, feels and sounds like something Lennox Robinson or Lady Gregory might have dashed...
  • NoisesWithin—Grumbles Without

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The question in regard to Lillian Hellman is not so much, What is her place in the American theater? Rather, it's, Is she even entitled to one?

    Since she burst into prominence in 1934 with "The Children's Hour" and then consolidated her position five years later with "The Little...

  • Withdrawals from the Memory Bank

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Tolins' first play, "Twilight of the Golds," caused a strong tremor when it was produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1993. A science-fictional comedy, it bounced off the provocative theory that sexual orientation could be biologically determined by analyzing the DNA of the...
  • The Great Profile in Caricature

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    John Barrymore's career can be divided into four acts: a reigning matinee idol in the silent era, America's most conspicuous classical actor in the 1920s, a somewhat medium-sized Hollywood star in the 1930s and, in the final days, a crapulous has-been whose main stock in trade was...
  • Shylock Reinterpreted

    August 27, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Venice" is 400 years old. The play was first entered on the register of the Stationer's Company in July 1598, along with a proviso that it shouldn't be published till the Lord Chamberlain gave his consent. And that didn't happen until 1600. It may...

  • Ibsen for Dummies

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal theater critic Charles Marowitz writes from Malibu.

    Ibsen for Dummies

    The trick in Henrik Ibsen's "Enemy of the People" -- now in a Royal National Theatre production at the Ahmanson -- is realizing that a...

  • Watch Your Language

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal theater critic Charles Marowitz writes from Malibu.

    Watch Your Language

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, with front-runners such as T.S. Eliot, Christopher Fry and Archibald Macleish, there was a...

  • George Jean Nathan:

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    No matter how impressive Nathan the Critic ever becomes, he is constantly subverted by Nathan the Dandy, the man who is more concerned with witty badinage and flip cynicism than he is hard, critical reasoning.

    George Jean Nathan: A True Critic...

  • The Ridiculous and Absurd

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the many eccentrics, weirdos andself-styled geniuses of the 1960s and 1970s, Charles Ludlam, founderof The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, was the most unmistakable and,in a certain sense, the most legitimate. Weirdness and eccentricitycarried to extremes sometimes create a...

  • Endangered Species

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rachel Rosenthal, her bald pate gleaming withsweat and her stark features grooved like gashes in alabaster, lookslike a female Erich von Stroheim -- who, let's face it, could himselfhave been a woman in drag. Short, stubby, Teutonic, and with the kindof wracked expression one...

  • Extracting the Pain

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Meara's "After-Play," a conversation piecenow at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills, is a kind of "Look Back inAnguish" conducted by two middle-aged couples whose lives seem toencompass all the failings of the past half century: broken families,marital spite, psychoanalytical...

  • A One Woman Show With a Vengeance

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Allen and Stephen Smith in "Harriet'sReturn."
    Harriet Tubman, the fugitive-slave andabolitionist, was a kind of African-American Mata Hari. During theCivil War, she frequently conducted scouting parties and raids behindthe Confederate lines and was one of the North's most...

  • Looking for the Genius in

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of the strangest anomalies in thetheater is that of the successful turkey -- plays that areessentially trivial, gauche and insubstantial, but still manage toachieve a certain kind of notoriety and even commercial success."Shear Madness," which has been playing for 15 years in...