Noon: This Book Beat Luncheon features John Lahr (son of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz").
He's one of the world's most beloved and admired writers about theater. Senior drama critic for The New Yorker, his new book is titled, "Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows" (W.W. Norton), which is a collection of his most popular and engaging New Yorker pieces.
From modern greats, such as Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Sarah Ruhl, Tony Kushner and August Wilson, through the work of directors such as Nicholas Hytner and Ingmar Bergman, to Shakespeare himself, the depth of Lahr's understanding is plain to see and extraordinary to read. Lahr brings the reader up close and personal with the artists and their processes, with the plays and their playwrights, with what they seek to express and how they express it.
Also, a paperback version is being released of his previously published book, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgramage of the Flesh" (W.W. Norton).
Lisa Kennedy, theater critic for The Denver Post, will moderate this Book Beat Luncheon. We will have copies of Lahr's books for sale.