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Isaac Newton

  • Originally published 02/15/2013

    A Mediocre Evening with Sir Isaac Newton

    Bruce Chadwick

    Isaac’s Eye Ensemble Studio Theater 549 W. 52nd Street New York, N.Y.Wouldn’t it be wonderful if in plays about historical inventors actually told you what was accurate and what was invented? Well, in Isaac’s Eye, a play about philosopher/mathematician Isaac Newton that just opened in New York, they do. A narrator comes out and tells you what is fact and what is fiction and true parts of the plot are written on the blackboards on the walls of the theater. So now you can sit back and enjoy a play about the great man who invented Calculus and figured out motion and gravity, right?No. Isaac’s Eye is a tedious play that tells very little about history. It's ostensibly set in 1665, but all the characters dress and talk as if it took place last Thursday. The single-set story takes place in what looks like a laboratory or classroom, plus lots of chalk to write on the walls.

  • Originally published 12/16/2014

    Who Knows Eric Fair?

    There's No There There

    The recent revelation about  unaccountable Americans using torture on prisoners have again raised the question of morality and legality.