Edward Albee: How Rising Costs Hurt Theater (And Other Trends)

Edward Albee, who died Sept. 16, 2016, at the age of 88, bridged a divide between experimental theater, for which his plays were reviled by the New York Times’s chief critics, to the commercial, for which he received three Pulitzer Prizes. Steven Leigh Morris looks back at his own words, in which he assails the damage to the art form inflicted by rising costs and the ownership of theater by commerce. Read article here.

Henry Ong: Photo by Tom Carmichael
Henry Ong: Photo by Tom Carmichael

The Shyiest Man in the Theater

Henry Ong, in an interview with Steven Leigh Morris

From Malaysia to Singapore to Iowa to Los Angeles, Henry Ong has shown himself to be one of the most generous, self-deprecating figures in local theater, in a city famous for self-promotion

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