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In Show and Tell, John Lahr reinvents the celebrity profile to get at the essence of performance. Lahr's utterly winning and incisive profiles probe some of the most compelling, elusive, and irresistible public personas of our time, including Woody Allen, David Mamet, Ingmar Bergman, Frank Sinatra, Roseanne, Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Mike Nichols, Wallace Shawn, Arthur Mill ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by University of California Press (first published 2000)
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Rekha
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Biographies on speed!

What if you were a biographer and had four months to exhaustively research your subject, and you took over a thousand pages of transcribed interviews, and then tried to distill what you've discovered down to 10 pages or less? That's what the profiles in The New Yorker do, and Lahr manages to do this in a consistently readable way. If you know a lot about the subject in question anyway (for me it was Woody Allen, Frank Sinatra, Arthur Miller and Eddie Izzard) then you don't g
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Jeremy
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't read all of this, just selected profiles on David Mamet, Ingmar Bergman, Wallace Shawn, Neil Labute, and Frank Sinatra. Lahr has a real gift for capturing the feel of his subjects' personalities, as well as offering brilliant interpretations of their work.
If you're a fan of any of these people you should read these.
Particularly insightful were the ones on Mamet, Neil Labute, and Berman.
But the profile of Sinatra is the single best short overview of his life, music, personal flaws and ge
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Dan Lalande
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Lahr, critic and biographer, profiles 90's entertainment icons and a few elder statesmen. Expectedly, it's all about the public-private split - but Lahr, to a subject, goes for something deeper: the hard-working craftsman masked by the dichotomy. It's a case study, too, of American individualism, root of deification and destruction.
Vivencio
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as always, these new yorker pieces inform and entertain.
Vincent Eaton
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Yorker profiles of artists, comedians, actors and movie-makers. My kind of heaven. John Lahr, excellent writer, easy but exact, with some surprises and high-level observational skills.
Ellen
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Found at Half Price Books in Houston, September 2007.
Z Bloom
Some fascinating trivia.
Solid insight.
But I could stop reading any of them at any point, which is telling.
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John Lahr is the senior drama critic of The New Yorker, where he has written about theatre and popular culture since 1992. Among his eighteen books are Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr and Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton, which was made into a film.

He has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Lahr, whose stage adaptations have been perfor
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