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Too Jewish?: The Making of Fiddler on the Roof

Too Jewish?: The Making of Fiddler on the Roof

WHEN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF first opened on Broadway 50 years ago, the New York literati hated it. Novelist Philip Roth called it “shtetl kitsch,” writer Cynthia Ozick said it was an “emptied-out,...

The Anatomy of Disgust

The Anatomy of Disgust

Photo by: Isabel Asha Penzlien WRITING in mid-19th-century France, literary critic Charles Augustine Sainte-Beuve concluded that a classical work of art was simultaneously “new and old, easily cont...

What Fourth Wall?

What Fourth Wall?

Image credit: Gal Stark Arad-Kabiri   WHEN RITA — the brash Liverpudlian hairdresser from Willy Russell’s 1980 play Educating Rita — recounts her first visit to the theater, she remem...