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Jack Kerouac’s Lost Play to be Produced in Mass. Hometown

Jack Kerouac, the ’50s beat generation writer about to be celebrated on film, will also be featured on stage. The only play he ever wrote, titled Beat Generation will be produced in his hometown of Lowell, Mass. Kerouac, who would have turned 90 on Monday (Feb. 12), lived for a time on Long Island in Northport, NY. He was a literary celebrity by then, in 1958, but was remembered by locals as someone who spent most of his time at a tiny town bar called Murphy’s.... Read More...

Broadway Spring Sprouts Losers, Winners, Part 1

This spring has brought New York an unrecognizable Robin Williams in a beard, the creators of South Park at the helm of a musical, and scores of men in drag. Though some productions fell flat almost immediately (Wonderland, anyone?) and some are hanging on by a thread due to a few award nominations for their actors (Jerusalem), the stages are chockfull of interesting gems. Here’s The Improper’s guide to what’s worth checking out as the summer approaches. ... Read More...

Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Noth Air Balls in ‘That Championship Season’

That Championship Season has all the ingredients of a fantastic play: an exceptional group of talented actors, all of whom have long resumes and great reputations in the entertainment business; the director of last year’s critically applauded A View From the Bridge; a neat little back story about the deceased playwright, Jason Miller, and his son Jason Patric starring in the production; and a story that has an intriguing hook at first glance. Unfortunately, these ingredients are for more interesting than the final product itself, and will leave audiences trying to hide their experience in their napkins. ... Read More...