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"Lahr creates a book worthy of its title: It is a living celebration of theater itself." —Caryn James, New York Times Book Review


Since 1992 John Lahr has written for The New Yorker, where for twenty-one years he was the senior drama critic, the longest stint in that post in the magazine's history. Joy Ride is a collection of his profiles and reviews that throws open the stage door, taking us behind the scenes both on and off Broadway to introduce such creators of contemporary drama as August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner, Wallace Shawn, and Mike Nichols. The result is a delightful, literate, and essential crash course in contemporary theater.

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"Lahr creates a book worthy of its title: It is a living celebration of theater itself." —Caryn James, New York Times Book Review

Since 1992 John Lahr has written for The New Yorker, where for twenty-one years he was the senior drama critic, the longest stint in that post in the magazine's history. Joy Ride is a collection of his profiles and reviews that throws open the stage door, taking us behind the scenes both on and off Broadway to introduce such creators of contemporary drama as August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner, Wallace Shawn, and Mike Nichols. The result is a delightful, literate, and essential crash course in contemporary theater.

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      • source: Caryn James;New York Times Book Review
      • content: [Lahr's] interviews are themselves gleeful illuminations of art and its mysterious process, as he blends vivid details with erudite scrutiny of plays...His passionate arguments are always worth engaging...Lahr creates a book worthy of its title: It is a living celebration of theater itself.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: Incisive, exuberant.... Lahr's vivid reportage, trenchant insight, and infectious love of the stage will remind readers just how exciting modern theater can be.
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: Chatty, learned and wittily opinionated, Lahr's essays bring us not only his passion for theater, but also his zest for the artistic and creative life.
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      • source: Steven Suskin;Huffington Post
      • content: An important collection.
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: An exuberant, entertaining collection.
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      • content: Lahr patiently mines the essence of his subjects—playwrights, directors—with the affection of a fan, the insight of a confidant and the authorial flair of an experienced critic...a delight to read.
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      • source: Nicholas Hytner
      • content: John Lahr writes—beautifully—about the theatre and those who make it with an unrivalled blend of enthusiasm, perception, and analytical precision. This book is justly titled—his joy is irresistible.
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      • source: Mark Levine;Booklist
      • content: Informed, wide ranging, and charming...the pieces are, without exception, captivating. A must for theatergoers and theater collections.
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      • source: Jonathan Russell Clark;Literary Hub
      • content: Lahr...must be one of the world's foremost experts on "show people"....[he has] an ability to look past these authors' mythologies without demeaning their achievements.
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      • source: Carolyn M. Mulac;Library Journal
      • content: Anyone interested in the history of the American theater and contemporary drama will applaud these thoughtful and critical pieces.
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      • content: Engaging and loquacious company.
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      • source: Michelle Jones;Dallas Morning News
      • content: Impressive, entertaining and insightful...so worth reading or worth reading a second time around.
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        June 22, 2015
        Former New Yorker drama critic Lahr (Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh) spotlights more brilliantly neurotic theater personalities in his latest incisive, exuberant collection of pieces from the magazine. His journalistic profiles of playwrights and directors, including Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Tony Kushner, Neil Labute, Harold Pinter, Ingmar Bergman, and Mike Nichols, map the deep plumes of upwelling anxiety and obsession that drive their art, linking the antiheroes in the plays to their creators’ latent hostility, desperate need for control, and persecution complexes, and thence to their issues with weak or rivalrous fathers, cold or histrionic mothers, childhood humiliations, and miscellaneous scars from the family snake pit. Through lively, sympathetic interviews with his subjects and probing interpretations of their works, Lahr sketches their personalities, assesses their effects on the theater scene, and explores motifs—the corrosive effects of atomized individualism, the impossibility of communication and connection—that pervade their work. Sprinkled in are reviews of landmark productions of the last few decades that mix shrewd studies of characters and themes—“It is existence, not success, that eludes” Death of a Salesman’s Willy Loman, he writes—with rapt evocations of acting and staging. Lahr’s vivid reportage, trenchant insight, and infectious love of the stage will remind readers just how exciting modern theater can be.

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        August 1, 2015

        Lahr (Tennessee Williams) wrote these theater reviews and profiles of playwrights and directors during his tenure as The New Yorker's senior drama critic. This third collection follows Show and Tell and Honky Tonk Parade. The playwrights featured here include David Mamet, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Sarah Ruhl, and Tony Kushner. William Shakespeare is also represented in a description of director and playwright John Barton. Nicholas Hytner, Ingmar Bergman, Susan Stroman, and Mike Nichols are the directors portrayed. There are reviews of recent productions such as Arcadia, The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza, and Carousel. Lahr writes that his aim "is to bring theatergoers up close and personal with the artists and their processes, with the plays and the playwrights, with what they seek to express and how they express it." VERDICT Faithful readers of The New Yorker will enjoy revisiting these articles. Anyone interested in the history of the American theater and contemporary drama will applaud these thoughtful and critical pieces. [See Prepub Alert, 3/23/15.]--Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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