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Jonathan Kalb

• Anglia


“Marathon Theater as Anti-Monument: The Curious Case of Gatz


• The Brooklyn Rail

Sept. 2015

“Big Talk, Small Talk: Why People Who Read Should Care About Emojis”  

• Full Grown People

Nov. 7, 2017

“My Word!"

• In These Times

Aug. 21, 2017

“Nausea After Charlottesville: A Reflection on Anti-Semitism"

• The Nation

Mar. 4, 2004

“Advertisements for Myself” (Sarah Jones) 

• The New Yorker

Jan. 12, 2015

“Give me a Smile”           

• The New York Times

Nov. 25, 2007

“The Nymphet is a Lethal Weapon”  (Lulu)       

Aug. 9, 2007

“To Sleep the Big Sleep? Call it Murder, My Sweet” 

July 1, 2007

“The Thirty Years' War, All 10 Hours of It” (Wallenstein)

Apr. 4, 2007

“Revisiting a Psychiatrist Who Questioned Psychiatry” 

Mar. 7, 2007

“An End Tale, Through the Eyes of Saramago” (Blindness)

Mar. 7, 2007

"Brecht, And Gender, At Play" (Baal)

Feb. 7, 2007

“Madeleines, Turkey Stuffing and Other Thoughts on Loss” (Gone

Jan. 30, 2007

“Robert Wilson, Beckett and a Celebrity from the Neck Up”


Jan. 24, 2007

“Greek Tragedy Wears a New, Brash Mask” (Women of Trachis

Nov. 12, 2006

“A Critic Has Praise for a Playwright (Himself)” (Eric Bentley) 

Aug. 6, 2006

“Still Fearsome, Mother Courage Gets a Makeover” 

June 14, 2006

“Legal Briefs of the Absurd (Filed by Beckett)”


Apr, 19 2006

“Mysterious Green Strangers in a Pentameter World” (Wolfpit

Apr. 13, 2006

“Beckett the Difficult, Beckett the Brash, Beckett the Prolific” 

Mar. 27, 2006

“The Mythic Eugene O'Neill's Turbulent Life” 

Nov. 26, 2006

“You Must Go On After Beckett. I Can't Go On After Beckett. Go On” 

Feb. 23, 2006

“Toward a Wordless Theater of Death-Haunted Imagery” (Odchodzi)

Nov. 18, 2005

“Portraying Robert Kennedy, as Idol and as Ordinary Man” 

Nov. 8, 2005

“Who Are We? Where Are We? What Are We Doing? You Decide” (She Said


Oct. 14, 2005

“A Tale of Sex and Death, Stripped to Its Core”  (Emilia Galotti)

Aug. 23, 2005

“By Yon River's Edge Gather Merry Wanderers of the Night”  

July 10, 2005

“Better Hope the Seats are Comfortable” 

May 30, 2005

“He’s No Angel, Just a Guy with the Landowner Blahs”  (Ivanov)

May 17, 2005

“Western Drama With a Japanese Accent” 

Apr. 7, 2005

“The Emperor’s Life: These Boots Are Made for Talkin”  (Caligula)

Nov. 17, 2004

“Street Life and Lowlifes Meet to Scheme in a Grubby Motel” (Risk Everything

Nov. 7, 2004

“Nora the Killer Doll" (A Doll's House)

Nov. 3, 2004

“An Indian Father Courage, Using and Losing Women”  (Sakharam Binder)

Oct. 27, 2002

“The Forlorn Woyzeck, With a New Spin” 

Apr. 7, 2002

“A Provoking Parable That Won’t Quit”  (Andorra)

Mar. 24, 2002

“Making Crazy with a 91-Year-Old German Comedy” (The Underpants

June 24, 2001

“Dangerous Liaisons’ Through a Marxist Mirror”  (Quartett)

Oct. 15, 2000

“A Postmodern Hamlet By a Driven Provocateur” (Hamletmachine

Aug. 13, 2000

“Robert Wilson’s 21st-Century Academy” 

Feb. 7, 2000

“The Downtown Gospel According to Reverend Billy” 


Nov. 7, 1999

“Casting New Light on the Most Visible of Playwrights”  (Mamet)

Nov. 16, 1997


• Performing Arts Journal

Sept. 2010

“The Mahabharata Twenty-Five Years Later: Peter Brook in conversation”

May 2009

“Amazing Untold Stories of Catalogues” (Forced Entertainment)


Jan. 2007

“American Playwrights on Beckett”

Jan. 2012

“Writing & Performance”  



“Notes on the Last Cold-War Theatertreffen”  


“The Question of Beckett's Context”  

• Salmagundi

Fall-Winter 2008-09

“Beckett After Beckett”

Summer-Fall 2002

“Marathon Mensch”

• Salon

June 8, 2013​

“Can a Sleepy Chinese Town Become a Cultural Mecca?”              


• Theater

Spring 2017

"The Anti-Professional Prejudice”

Spring 2011

“What is the Theater’s Outer Limit of Great Length?”

Winter 2009

“Nothing to do with Patience: An Interview with Michael Thalheimer”

Spring 2005

“Gulliver's Choice”

"Note on the Play"

Summer 2003

“Song Logic” (Wilson/Woyzeck)

Spring 2003

“The Death (and Life) of American Theater Criticism"


“Documentary Solo Performance: The Politics of the Mirrored Self"


“The Gospel According to Billy"


“Oedipus and Other Impracticalities"


"On the Becoming Death of Poor H.M."

• The Threepenny Review

Autumn 1990

“Berlin by Metaphor”        

Brooklyn Rail
New Yorker
Performing Arts Journal
The Threepenny Review
The Nation
The New York Times
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