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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout is Commentary’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal. Billy and Me, his latest play, will be premiered in December by Palm Beach Dramaworks.

Not long ago I was introduced to an audience as an “intellectual.” This was a well-meaning choice of word, and a flattering one, but it...

Tennessee Wlliams is, with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, one of the three most highly regarded and best-known American playwrights. Throughout the first part of...

Ten new musicals opened on Broadway in the 2013–14 season. Four of them—Aladdin, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway, and Rocky—were directly adapted from familiar American...

Even as the Bible is America’s bestselling book, year in and year out, so is William Shakespeare, 450 years after his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon, this...

The American film industry released hundreds of war-themed pictures between 1941 and 1945. A few, like Air Force (1943) and Objective: Burma! (1945), were passably...

Few friendships have been more intimate—or less likely—than that of Paddy Chayefsky, who wrote Marty and Network, and Bob Fosse, the director and choreographer of...

What kind of artist was Norman Rockwell? Not until his later years does anyone seem to have asked that question other than in passing. It...

How long should a biography be? Most modern readers seem to agree that the story of anyone other than a major world-historical figure or an...

Fifty Years ago, Norman Mailer was, after J.D. Salinger, postwar America’s most famous writer of literary fiction. Today Mailer’s name no longer figures other than...

When Nora Ephron died in 2012, many who wrote to mourn her passing gave the impression of feeling they had lost someone close to them—regardless...

The history of the Broadway musical in the 20th century is also a not-so-secret history of the parallel project of Jewish assimilation in America. Nearly...

By the time Leonard Bernstein died in 1990, he was unquestionably America’s best-known classical musician. Yet his achievements were viewed with persistent skepticism by critics...