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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout, Commentary’s critic-at large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, has written the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec, The Letter, Danse Russe, and The King’s Man.

Playwriting in America has tended to be a man’s game. Many American women have written individual hit plays, but only three—Lillian Hellman, Wendy Wasserstein, and...

Twenty years ago a bill of one-act comedies by a nearly unknown playwright named David Ives opened off-Broadway. One-act plays are not often professionally staged...

Nothing is more legendary than the work of a legendary stage actor, since it is all but impossible to leave behind a permanent record of...

In 1969, Duke Ellington celebrated his 70th birthday at the White House, where President Nixon threw a star-studded party and presented him with a Medal...

Cartoon Network, a cable-TV channel owned by Turner Broadcasting, shows animated cartoons around the clock. In 1992, when the channel was launched, its programming consisted...

The Richard Burton DiariesEdited by Chris WilliamsYale University Press, 693 pages The cable channel Lifetime recently aired a made-for-TV movie called Liz & Dick about the stormy marriage of...

The musical score for Woody Allen’s unexpected 2011 hit, Midnight in Paris, features songs intended, like the film itself, to evoke the spirit of the...

In 1991, Neil Simon won a Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers, his 20th comedy to open on Broadway since 1961 and his 14th to...

The one-person play is now so familiar a genre for theatergoers that many would be surprised to learn it is among the youngest of all...

Of the making of books about Lillian Hellman, there is no end. Since her death in 1984, she has been the subject of three full-scale...

In February, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2012–13 season, the orchestra’s fourth under the leadership of Alan Gilbert, whose appointment as music director was...

One of a bare handful of hit Broadway musicals to have been written in its entirety by a single person, The Music Man opened to...