Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith is a contributing editor of the Scholar and the author of Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931–1940.

Encounters Of f the Page 

After conducting 250 author interviews over four decades, I’m still engaged but a lot less awestruck

by Wendy Smith | Monday, December 02, 2019

A Century at the Muny 

The open-air St. Louis theater, set to undergo a renovation this fall, is a beloved summertime institution

by Wendy Smith | Monday, June 04, 2018

All in the Family

Gazing into the soul of a lauded play and seeing glimpses of one’s past

by Wendy Smith | Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Price Isn’t Right 

Premium ticket costs mean that Broadway shows are increasingly the province of tourists with deep pockets

by Wendy Smith | Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Cold Truths

The Iceman Cometh and the destructiveness of dreams

by Wendy Smith | Monday, June 08, 2015

As the Bard Turns

The international appeal of the man from Stratford-upon-Avon

by Wendy Smith | Monday, February 29, 2016

The Naples Quartet

The novels of Elena Ferrante

by Wendy Smith | Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Cut, Cut, Cut

by Wendy Smith | Monday, August 11, 2014

Shakespeare in Bloom

by Wendy Smith | Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happily Ever After

The folk tales gathered by the Brothers Grimm not only enchant us; they record the hardships European families endured for centuries

by Wendy Smith | Friday, December 07, 2012

The Novels Don’t Change, But We Do 

Rereading those works that matter to us proves that books read us even as we read them

by Wendy Smith | Friday, December 06, 2013

The Director Who Named Names

Reconsidering the legacy of Elia Kazan

by Wendy Smith | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rock of Ages

Forty years after their deaths, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin now seem part of the mainstream culture they rebelled against

by Wendy Smith | Wednesday, September 01, 2010

From Oppressed to Oppressors

The Battle of Algiers took a pitiless look at the war for Algerian independence, but the filmmakers could not foresee the failures that would result

by Wendy Smith | Monday, September 01, 2008

Good Thing Going

Stephen Sondheim only looks better with time

by Wendy Smith | Saturday, September 01, 2007

Offbeat at the Apollo

Elvis Costello’s cable TV show, Spectacle, ranges across musical genres and centuries

by Wendy Smith | Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Meaning Behind the Lines

How Ibsen's toughness and Chekhov's tenderness transformed American playwriting and acting

by Wendy Smith | Friday, June 05, 2009

The Man Who Got His Way

John Hammond, scion of white privilege, helped integrate popular music

by Wendy Smith | Thursday, June 01, 2006

War Weary

If Iraq is not another Vietnam, why do I find myself rereading Dispatches?

by Wendy Smith | Thursday, March 01, 2007