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Glengarry Glen Ross

It is true that in the American theater, the deck is stacked in favor of men. While theater departments turn out far more women, a quick look at Shakespeare proves that the classics are dominated by men, and so are the leading roles of most serious drama. To add to the injury, there is a great fashion for featuring men in some of the most delicious roles ever written. Charles Busch has made a career of it. In Buffalo it is the key to the Jimmy Janowski phenomenon. I recently saw the great Brian Bedford assay Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, as the great William Hutt had done before him (and as John Buscaglia once did at Buffalo’s Kavinoky Theatre).

Fall of the House of Usher

Steven Berkoff is kind of a scary guy, known for playing heavies on stage and in film and for his adaptations and direction of psychologically complex stories. Kafka is a favorite of his. Torn Space, in association with the Irish Classical Theatre, is currently presenting his adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, directed by Vincent O’Neill.

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