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Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Given that “M. Butterfly” is an operatic-scale tragedy of a romantic, if deluded, passion so intense that it destroys a man’s life, it’s surprising and deeply disappointing that Julie Taymor’s revival is so dull and dreary. Choosing to turn the play into a naturalistic, psychological drama, Taymor misreads the play and makes […]

Play Dead

Play Dead

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | George Orwell’s “1984” has been read as a dark satire by at least three generations of high school students, and, like the best of this genre, it affords each reader the chance to find harrowing parallels to his or her own time. In today’s world of “alternative facts” and daily accusations of […]

Magic in the Making — Mostly

Magic in the Making — Mostly

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | As remarkable as Bradley Cooper’s slow transformation from hunk to horror is in the splendid revival of “The Elephant Man,” that’s just a warm-up to one of the most richly understated and surprisingly moving performances of the season. The play tracks John Merrick’s journey from sideshow freak to unconventional celebrity and […]