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2000 Stories by Lee Williams

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  • Ease on Down the Aisle

    published December 14, 2000

    The best deal of the holiday season may just be William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls's The Wiz, a soulfully sweet and funny take on... More >>

  • Please, Release Me

    published December 14, 2000

    Based on playwright Elizabeth Gilbert's correspondence with death row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham, Release Yearning has major... More >>

  • Altared States

    published December 7, 2000

    Back in 1970, when Stephen Sondheim's musical Company first opened on Broadway, hardly anybody except long-haired hippies had the... More >>

  • The Alley Foot-Warmer

    published December 7, 2000

    When you think about it, there are a lot of similarities between the Alley's perennial production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas... More >>

  • Sin-fully Amusing

    published November 30, 2000

    Inspired in part by The Castle of Perseverance, a little 15th-century ditty about virtue conquering evil, Wendy MacLeod's... More >>

  • Educating Lala

    published November 30, 2000

    Lala Levy is positively obsessed. It's 1939, and Gone with the Wind is about to premiere right in the middle of downtown Atlanta. Never... More >>

  • Unhappy Days

    published November 23, 2000

    Samuel Beckett's Winnie is one of literature's most compelling female characters. Aging, lonely and buried to her waist in the scorched,... More >>

  • Roasting Marshmallows

    published November 23, 2000

    A word of warning to theater lovers: The Hallmark season is upon us. And Buber Malone, offered by The Little Room Downstairs... More >>

  • The Feminine Mystique

    published November 16, 2000

    The whole thing starts in heaven where two white-winged "supreme beings" are busy hashing out the man/woman thing. Besotted with indecision, they... More >>

  • Mate and Match

    published November 9, 2000

    Tim Rice's rock musical Chess has inspired several workaday people to fabricate whole Web sites dedicated to the show. Cyberwriters... More >>

  • Closer to the Core

    published November 2, 2000

    Patrick Marber's award-winning Closer, about the tawdry underbelly of love and sex, is full of twists of dialogue that put a nasty... More >>

  • Fun with Dick

    published October 26, 2000

    Jeff Stryker is huge, in every sense of the word. Just ask the guys in the back room of Lobo bookstore on Montrose Boulevard. He's one of the... More >>

  • Spare Scare

    published October 26, 2000

    The Turn of the Screw, Henry James's famous ghost story, is filled with gorgeous gothic images: lonely veils of moonlight, long... More >>

  • Bardscape

    published October 19, 2000

    The lobby is packed. Elbow to elbow, wine glass to wine glass, Alley patrons mill about, dressed to the nines. All the usual suspects are present:... More >>

  • The Spirit of '76

    published October 19, 2000

    Al Gore isn't the first presidential candidate to be labeled a bore. In fact, this year's Democratic nominee is in some heady company, if you can... More >>

  • Odd Couple

    published October 5, 2000

    Rosemary, the gun-slinging butch security guard from Pennell Somsen's one-act script One Tit, A Dyke & Gin doesn't like being... More >>

  • Mac-ro Mess

    published September 28, 2000

    Brandishing sabers, leaping down flights of stairs and dripping pots of gooey stage blood, this cast of Macbeth struggles to bring... More >>

  • Scripted Responses

    published September 21, 2000

    Playwright Maria Irene Fornes is the grand dame of avant-garde, off-off-Broadway theater. Over the last 35 years, her work, which includes such... More >>

  • Acting Out

    published September 14, 2000

    The American theater is in a shitload of trouble," says a character in Jane Martin's often screamingly funny Anton in Show Business.... More >>

  • Lost Boys

    published September 14, 2000

    Lyle Kessler's Orphans, now running at Masquerade Theatre, evolves from a very strange premise: Two filthy and odd young men live in a... More >>

  • The Great Divide

    published August 24, 2000

    Rational as we denizens of this corporate technocracy are, no amount of science can undo our voodoo fascination with identical twins. From the... More >>

  • Penis Envy

    published August 17, 2000

    In this age of cable-ready titillation, there isn't much we haven't seen before, right down to Jimmy Smits's gorgeous naked ass on prime-time TV.... More >>

  • Elizabethan Drawl?

    published August 10, 2000

    Legend has it Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor to honor a royal request. Elizabeth I apparently wanted to see Falstaff, the... More >>

  • Pumping Up the Volume

    published August 10, 2000

    Only Shakespeare, in all his audacity and brilliance, could pen the scene in which mighty Othello is brought to his quivering knees by the... More >>

  • Saturday Night Special

    published August 3, 2000

    Annabelle Weenick's Saturday Night in Uncertain is stuffed with the sort of East Texas good ole boys who would actually buy one of those... More >>

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