Tag: Jessica Dickey

  • More Perfect Unions

    To call Manhattan Theatre Club’s Outside Mullingar featherlight is to underrate feathers. John Patrick Shanley’s blarney-soaked romance wouldn’t stand up to a soft breeze, let alone the torrents that drench John Lee Beatty’s needlessly realistic set. The premise is too cloying, the scenes too long, and the dialogue almost parodic, more Irish than a whiskey-dipped […]


    The modernist master Charles Ives died in 1954, though he had ceased composing almost 30 years before. Now, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater debuts its new Ives-centered work, Charles Ives Take Me Home. It’s not a symphony, but a drama by Jessica Dickey, in which the maestro—“a leader, a genius, one of the great innovators of our […]

  • A Venture Through The 12th Annual New York Fringe Fest

    On the first day, in the first hour of the 12th-annual New York International Fringe Festival, an actress lay splayed on a hospital bed, murmuring: “Happy? What do I have to be happy about?” In the past several years, I’ve often asked myself that same question at the Fringe. The August heat, the cramped venues, […]