Joy Ride - Lives of the Theatricals
'John Lahr manages to write better about the theatre than anybody in the English language,' says Richard Eyre. Joy Ride, which includes the best of his New Yorker profiles and reviews, makes his expertise and his exhilaration palpable. From modern greats, like Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Tony Kushner and August Wilson, through the work of directors like Nicholas Hytner and Ingmar Bergman, to Shakespeare himself, the depth of Lahr's understanding is plain to see and extraordinary to read. He brings the reader up close and personal to the artists and their art. Whether you are a regular theatre-goer, or just starting out, Lahr's book delights as both a celebration and a guide.
A dazzling celebration of theatre, its workings and its most compelling playwrights by the New York's senior drama critic emeritus and the author of Tennessee Williams
By far the best thing about my stuff I've ever read Arthur Miller John Lahr writes like a master. He has a unique understanding of those who labour in the corners of showbiz Mike Nichols Lahr's profiles are the nearest we get to modern theatre history. What Lahr has is the key to the dressing room door Spectator
John Lahr was the senior drama critic for the New Yorker for twenty years. He is a critic, novelist and biographer and is the author of seventeen books, including Notes on a Cowardly Lion, the biography of Bert Lahr and, most recently, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, which was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014. He lives in North London.