Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles

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University of California Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 335 pages
In Show and Tell, John Lahr reinvents the celebrity profile to get at the essence of performance. Lahr's utterly winning and incisive profiles probe some of the most compelling, elusive, and irresistible public personas of our time, including Woody Allen, David Mamet, Ingmar Bergman, Frank Sinatra, Roseanne, Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Mike Nichols, Wallace Shawn, Arthur Miller, and Neil LaBute. In these, and in the moving autobiographical portraits of his father, Bert Lahr, and his mother, a former Ziegfeld girl, Lahr charts the geography of fame.
 

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A wearisome compilation of New Yorker profiles, written by a scion who ought to know better.What strange curse has afflicted the New Yorker these past 30 years? What miasma wafts in its offices that ... Read full review

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According to Lahr, New Yorker profiles are exercises in biography that average 10,000 words and take four months to research and write. Here, the two-time winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for ... Read full review

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Contents

WOODY ALLEN
1
DAVID MAMET
27
FRANK SINATRA
52
ARTHUR MILLER
85
LIEV SCHREIBER
100
ROSEANNE
110
IRVING BERLIN
145
WALLACE SHAWN
158
NEIL LABUTE
183
BOB HOPE
198
INGMAR BERGMAN
227
MIKE NICHOLS
251
BERT LAHR
286
MILDRED LAHR
296
Index
311
Copyright

EDDIE IZZARD
171

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Praised by the New York Times Book Review as "probably the most intelligent and insightful writer on the theater today," John Lahr has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, most recently for his work at The New Yorker, where he has written about theater and popular culture since 1992. Mr. Lahr has written sixteen books, among them the novels The Autograph Hound (1973) and Hot to Trot (1974); Light Fantastic: Adventures in Theater (1996); The Orton Diaries (editor, 1996); Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr (California, 2000); Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation (California, 2000); and Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton (California, 2000).

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