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2002 Stories by Dennis Brown

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  • Truth's Consequences

    published April 24, 2002

    There's a moment during the climax of The Crucible when John Proctor, bound in chains and beaten in spirit, chooses to tell a lie in... More >>

  • Immigrant Song

    published April 17, 2002

    There is much to ponder, and much to absorb, in Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project, the collage of one-act plays being... More >>

  • Atom Smash

    published April 3, 2002

    Because there is no curtain, even before this arduous yet exhilarating evening of theater begins, the viewer already has something to ponder: What... More >>

  • Scissors, Please

    published March 27, 2002

    Midway through Act 1, there's a charming scene in Samm-Art Williams' Conversations on a Dirt Road in which Joe Lee (Ron Himes),... More >>

  • Shallow Beauty

    published March 20, 2002

    Here's a query. When was the last time you read the director's notes in your Broadway playbill? The answer: probably never. Broadway producers... More >>

  • Novel Approach

    published March 13, 2002

    After the lights dim, the first thing you see is a lit candle being carried through the audience. It is an evocative image, a flickering reminder... More >>

  • Gene Therapy

    published February 27, 2002

    Twilight of the Golds is aptly named, for this play exists in a state of perpetual twilight: It refuses to die. When it premiered on... More >>

  • Golden Slumbers

    published February 20, 2002

    Outside the Edison Theatre, the black night sky was lit by the silver sliver of a Fantasticks moon. But inside the theater, the mystical, mythical... More >>

  • Raw Numbers

    published February 13, 2002

    Late in Act 1, a young mathematician named Hal enters the rundown Chicago backyard that is the naturalistic yet ethereal world of... More >>

  • Captive Audience

    published February 6, 2002

    "Denmark's a prison," Hamlet exclaims when his school chums Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come to visit. But last week, behind the stark guard... More >>

  • Simple Men

    published January 30, 2002

    How often have you attended a play or concert where the audience seems distracted, even disconnected, from the proceedings onstage? Then, at the... More >>

  • Indecent Exposure

    published January 23, 2002

    God of Vengeance is a fascinating asterisk to the American theater -- not that there's anything inherently American about this play,... More >>

  • Real Folk Blues

    published January 9, 2002

    The St. Louis Black Repertory Company has opened its landmark 25th season with a (mostly) enthralling production of Seven Guitars, August... More >>

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