This Week on Broadway for July 26, 2020: Plays We Love

Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson talk about Jan’s Summer Reading list. In the main discussion we chat about plays we love.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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JAN SIMPSON is the Director of the Arts and Culture Journalism Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and also writes for TDF Stages, American Theater and has her own blog at Broadway & Me. She sits on the executive board of the Outer Critics Circle and is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Jan’s podcast, Stagecraft, can be heard on BroadwayRadio as well.

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Jan Simpson: Theater Books for Summer Reading 2020

Novels in the theater world

The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble

Hogarth Shakespeare Book Series

Hag-Seed: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest Retold: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood

Satire of theater world — Waiting for Guffman… on Stage?

Inspecting Carol (riff on putting on A Christmas Carol)

Red White and Blaine (the show within the movie)

A Parody of a Mockumentary. Now That’s Meta. By Suzy Evans (The New York Times) Dec. 17, 2014

“Red, White, & Blaine,” at the Chicago theater iO, is a stage parody of the mockumentary film “Waiting for Guffman.” From left, Brian Finlay, Bri Fitzpatrick, Robert Bacon and Jeannie Cahill Griggs play residents of the fictional Blaine, Mo.

CHICAGO — Two seemingly unrelated events occurred in 1996. Jeff Griggs moved here to study improv comedy. And Christopher Guest made the mockumentary “Waiting for Guffman.”

via The New York Times

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Topic: Plays We Love

PF: Precious Sons (Frank Rich, New York Times Review, March 21, 1986)

JS: August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

MP: Two from August Wilson: Fences and Jitney

The Piano Lesson (movie)

MP: Butterflies Are Free

JM: Equus by Peter Shaffer

Cheryl Hodges-Selden: 
Equus was my first Broadway show. Leonard Nimoy starred.

Michael Gilson: 
What do the panelists think of COPENHAGEN?

PF: Linda sat next to Jim Walton (from Merrily We Roll Along) @ Copenhagen


Elin Diamond, playwright

The Cavern


Jean Anouilh

JS: Antigone (Sophocles play)

JS: A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters

PF: The Master Builder by Ibsen

MP: Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie

A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

Bent by Martin Sherman

JS: How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

PF: Graceland

MP: Indecent by Paula Vogel

Night Mother Marsha Norman

God of Carnage Yasmina Reza

Ruined by Lynn Nottage

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

Robb Johnston: Inherit the Wind and Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

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MP: Season 14 of Great Performances at the Met continues Friday, July 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with Gershwin’s folk opera The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.


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