Teachout on Five Best Playwright Bios

These biographies of theater luminaries outshine the rest,” writes critic Terry Teachout of his Five Best column in today’s WSJournal. He recommends

  1. Park Honan, Shakespeare: A Life
  2. Michael Holroyd, Bernard Shaw (the one-volume abridgment)
  3. Simon Callow, Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu
  4. Moss Hart, Act One
  5. John Lahr, Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton

In related news, can you guess which movie version of a Broadway production my wife and I saw last night. Here’s a line from it: “_________, that should have been my name, cause you can see right through me, walk right by me, and never know I’m there.”

5 thoughts on “Teachout on Five Best Playwright Bios”

  1. Thanks, I guess. It was vulgar and unsuitable for avoiding lust, but that’s the vice primere of Hollywood and Broadway, isn’t it.

    I liked that song, “Mr. Cellophane.” The character who sang it was the saddest part of the show.

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