Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” is one of the most important plays of the last 50 years and takes on the patriarchy in a unique and unflinching manner.
Bertolt’s Brecht’s ‘Verfremdung’ isn’t so scary. It merely aims to be “That which makes the strange familiar, and the familiar strange.”
Like many acknowledged classics, “She Loves Me” had a long and compelling genesis, but for songwriting team Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock it was “love at first write.”
Why the longevity and mass appeal of Robin Hood? Well, if everyone’s favorite outlaw stands for anything, it’s the reminder that we’re all in this together.