Tag: Craig Lucas

  • Ode to Joy Offers Little Pleasure

    Watching Craig Lucas’s Ode to Joy feels a lot like speed eating: You cram in as much as your mouth can hold but you taste nothing and eventually wish you hadn’t ingested anything. Among the topics that shoot glibly past in under two hours: addiction, recovery, codependency, cancer, pain, organ transplants, bisexuality, dogs that substitute […]

  • Vanya and Mound Builders Defy Categorization

    Christopher Durang’s new play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Golden Theatre), which has just transferred to Broadway from its Lincoln Center run, shows you one key difference between critics and audiences. Audiences need only to enjoy a play; critics need to tell you what kind of play it is. Where Christopher Durang’s concerned, […]

  • The Lying Lesson

    Does Carol Kane have Bette Davis eyes? Let’s hope so. In Craig Lucas’s latest play, a two-hander directed by the incisive Pam MacKinnon at the Atlantic, Kane plays a woman who just might be Bette Davis, who, with her new assistant (Mickey Sumner) in tow, she fetches up in a small Maine town. Read our […]

  • Marry Me a Little

    Did you go Into the Woods this summer? Were you devastated to leave? If you’d like to get by the side of Sondheim again, Keen Company is staging this musical conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, which takes a jukebox approach to the master, repurposing a bevy of his neglected songs into a love […]

  • Lucas’s Singing Forest and O’Neill’s Elms Need Thinning; Accent on Youth Needs Bulking Up

    “Plays and novels are not written,” Edmund Wilson once said, “by people who have everything clear in their minds.” I wish I could read Wilson’s review of Craig Lucas’s The Singing Forest (Public Theater). For here is a brilliant, adventurous playwright, carrying what seem to be all of the modern world’s unclarities in his mind, […]

  • Interview: Playwright Craig Lucas, the Man Who Would Have Written Peter Pan

    It’s been a big theater season for playwright Craig Lucas. In November, his Prayer for My Enemy made its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons, and now comes The Singing Forest, currently in previews at the Public Theater. The new piece–directed by Mark Wing-Davey and featuring Olympia Dukakis and Jonathan Groff among its cast–explores sexual […]


    Craig Lucas’s last play, Prayer for My Enemy, concerned familial tribulations, the vagaries of desire, and the war in Iraq. Remarkably, Lucas’s The Singing Forest, in previews at the Public, takes on even more difficult subjects—more family tribulations, psychological trauma, and the Holocaust. The play—part tragedy, part farce—traces several generations of the Rieman family from […]

  • Prayer for My Enemy and Too Much Memory—Overpacked Suitcases Bursting in Transit

    It’s clear now: The 21st century exists mainly to drive playwrights crazy. Playwriting, after all, involves finding the sense of things. A playwright struggles to cram a coherent vision of the world into the limited space of one theatrical evening. The more extravagantly disparate the world gets, the tougher the cramming job becomes. No wonder […]

  • Kiss of Life

    Craig Lucas’s 1990 play Prelude to a Kiss is a modern urban fairy tale, the charm and wisdom of which are so strong that even knowing the above definition is a pun—for the play might be described as a piece of homoerotic permission for heterosexuals—doesn’t cheapen them. A young couple who know very little about […]

  • A Shag and a Shrug in an Entertaining but Corny Adaptation

    The Dying Gaul, Craig Lucas’s adaptation of his 1998 play, is named for a screenplay (within the screenplay) that’s named for a Roman copy of a classical Greek statue. Adding his own drama to this procession of simulacra, Lucas gives a convoluted tale of adultery and cybersex several novel twists. Still, he’s too committed to […]