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1995 Stories by Peter Szatmary

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  • Lives in Song

    published May 11, 1995

    There's so much to like in And the World Goes 'Round that I don't know where to begin. A nearly all-musical revue celebrating John Kander and Fred... More >>

  • Dream On

    published May 11, 1995

    Playing the character of Holling Vincoeur on Northern Exposure, John Cullum is one terrific in-joke. Cullum, a dashing leading man of Broadway, a... More >>

  • A Suitable Encore

    published May 4, 1995

    In Houston, new theater companies seem to sprout with every change of the season; that few of them survive may say as much about the theatrical... More >>

  • Sex Done Dull

    published May 4, 1995

    If there's one thing you absolutely cannot do in mounting Arthur Schnitzler's notorious 1896 comic sexcapade La Ronde, it's ruin the mood. But... More >>

  • Journal of the Plague Years

    published April 27, 1995

    After crashing through Prior Walter's ceiling, the Angel of America -- a mixed blessing if ever there was one -- commands Prior to unearth sacred... More >>

  • Less Than Skillful

    published April 13, 1995

    The skills in Keyboard Skills belong almost entirely to the actors and director of Stages Repertory Theatre. This insignificant comedy of... More >>

  • Where the Boys Aren't

    published April 13, 1995

    "Don't you want to deal with problems when they happen?" Rachel demands. She's just moved in with someone and, being level-headed, isn't quite... More >>

  • Live TV

    published April 6, 1995

    "Don't go telling your mother about this; she doesn't understand business." "My family means more to me than all the money in the... More >>

  • Something to Kill For

    published March 30, 1995

    In 1991, Stephen Sondheim, the cerebral genius of contemporary American musical theater, took on the mindset of nine people who have tried (or... More >>

  • High School Lessons

    published March 30, 1995

    In case you missed it on PBS last fall, High School II -- documentarian Frederick Wiseman's look at a secondary school in Spanish Harlem -- will... More >>

  • Houston On Screen

    published March 23, 1995

    The Museum of Fine Arts' First Look: New Films Made in Houston is essentially a well-intentioned attempt to support local filmmaking. On view are... More >>

  • A Cultural Question

    published March 16, 1995

    "So," a Holocaust survivor demands of a fellow concentration camp victim, now a famous musician, whom he hasn't seen for 50 years, "if you are so... More >>

  • Tales of the Father

    published March 9, 1995

    Picture this: A bunch of Hollywood suits sitting around discussing making a movie from a memoir about the two most important people in the... More >>

  • Poor Portrait

    published March 2, 1995

    Leonard Nimoy is not a playwright. This cuts to the quick of the problems with Vincent, currently at Main Street Theater. In 1984, Nimoy, best... More >>

  • Buried Deep

    published March 2, 1995

    Outside a stylish Glasgow flat rests a doormat with the message, "Not today, thank you." It's been put there by the flat's residents, a trio of... More >>

  • Married to Poetry

    published February 23, 1995

    "Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion," we hear T.S. Eliot lecture a room full of admirers in Tom and Viv, "but an escape from emotion." We... More >>

  • Odd and Odder

    published February 16, 1995

    Why revive The Odd Couple? It's no wonder that Playhouse 1960 can't provide a satisfactory answer to this question -- even Neil Simon couldn't... More >>

  • Death Done Wrong

    published February 9, 1995

    It would seem that Death and the Maiden couldn't miss. A psychological thriller set somewhere in South America after the fall of a... More >>

  • Tears and Fears

    published February 9, 1995

    "Don't tell anybody about what you've seen," a strong-willed matriarch warns her daughter-in-law in the quiet soap opera Women from the Lake of... More >>

  • Jekyll & Hyde, Together (Groan) Again

    published February 2, 1995

    If Jekyll & Hyde's co-producers -- the Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and Seattle's 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company -- think their... More >>

  • History's Shadows

    published February 2, 1995

    One tranquil evening in 1949 in the Chinese countryside, a group of traveling shadow puppeteers are putting on a performance when, suddenly, a... More >>

  • Epic Flop

    published January 26, 1995

    You wouldn't think a frontier family saga that includes sibling rivalry, tragic deaths, illicit longings and searing revenge would make for a... More >>

  • Quick Change Comedy

    published January 19, 1995

    The thing about camp, darling, is that it is ultimately a very serious business. Under the pretext of fun, camp sends up conventions. It... More >>

  • Newman's Own

    published January 19, 1995

    In 1986, when Paul Newman finally won an Oscar as best actor, there was some grumbling. It's not so much that people begrudged him the honor. It's... More >>

  • Full Service Filmmaker

    published January 5, 1995

    Until Austin's Rick Linklater created Dazed and Confused, and San Antonio's Robert Rodriguez produced El Mariachi, Houston's Eagle Pennell was the... More >>

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