Elizabeth Blair http://tspr.org en With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles http://tspr.org/post/humor-dead-and-breathing-dives-end-life-struggles The play <em>Dead and Breathing</em> begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.<p>The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.<p>It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's <a href="http://catf.org/">Contemporary American Theater Festival</a> in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:47:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 56836 at http://tspr.org With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 http://tspr.org/post/actress-elaine-stritch-her-own-greatest-character-dies-89 Elaine Stritch — one of Broadway's boldest and brassiest performers — has died. With that gravelly voice — and those long legs — and that utter command of the stage, Stritch was a bona fide Broadway star. Not as a classic leading lady, necessarily, but as the hardened-yet-vulnerable performer audiences couldn't forget. Stritch died of natural causes Thursday morning at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 56762 at http://tspr.org Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://tspr.org/post/little-engine-could-some-see-early-feminist-hero "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."<p>The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 56209 at http://tspr.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization http://tspr.org/post/fever-towns-teen-tic-epidemic-gets-chilling-novelization Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction, so it makes sense that novelists get some of their best stories from the headlines. That's what happened with mystery writer Megan Abbott. A few years ago, she was one of the millions of people captivated by news stories about a strange illness that seemed to consume a town in upstate New York. Now, Abbott has taken pieces of that true story and turned it into a chilling new novel.<p><em>The Fever</em> is Abbott's third mystery set in the emotional world of teenagers, a place she admits she's a little stuck in herself. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 55188 at http://tspr.org In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row http://tspr.org/post/return-rectify-critical-darling-sprung-death-row Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 55087 at http://tspr.org