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By Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl is a mom of 3 and certainly one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly unique booklet of essays whose matters diversity from the main minimum and private matters to the main encompassing concerns of paintings and tradition. The titles themselves communicate to the volume's strong point: "On lice," "On dozing within the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furnishings kind)," "Greek mask and Bell's palsy."

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a publication within which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and baby care are both at domestic. a colourful, provocative exam of the probabilities of the theater, it's also a map to a really specific creative sensibility, and an unforeseen advisor for somebody who has selected an artist's lifestyles.

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52 3. STARTING TO WRITE You may feel that many of the things I’m about to say should not need saying, and you will be right. They are simply the essential principles of good journalism applied to the task of writing a review and as such should be a given for any writer intending to create a career in the media. I wish I could say that I have never seen any of these rules ignored, but I can’t. Journalists, some of them quite distinguished, can behave with an extraordinary lack of professionalism when asked to write an arts review.

The process, the challenges and the secrets of success are the same. Writing is only part of the operation; first you need to prepare, and when you’ve written a first draft you will need to revise. One thing that arts reviewing can have in common with news reporting is time pressure. Daily newspapers still run rock or theatre reviews on their news pages, keeping the space in the layout for late copy filed from the critic’s laptop in her car. In the 30 theatre, there is a stately tradition that a press night performance starts at seven and runs for at least two-and-a-half hours, giving critics a tight half-hour to meet the deadline, which will be around 11pm.

He concluded: Honesty is the policy of Mr. Bennett’s show, and from opening to the stupendous closing chorus, it is, stamped indelibly, as Mr. Bennett’s show. His choreography and direction burn up superlatives as if they were inflammable. In no way could it have been better done. It is in a small theater and here, at last, is the intimate big musical. Everything is made to work. The groupings are always faultless, the dances have the right Broadway surge, and two numbers, the mirror-dance for Miss McKechnie and the Busby Berkeley-inspired finale deserve to become classics of musical staging.

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