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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 17 2013
Price: $17.50-$76
"Write as if your parents are dead." That was Philip Roth's tip to Ian McEwan when the younger novelist was just starting out. It sounds cold-blooded, but if you're trying to transmute your personal experience into art, you can't worry about hurting mom's feelings. The things normal people do to maintain peace in their families—overlook shortcomings, keep secrets to themselves—are precisely the things a writer worth reading can't be afraid to do. Those who take Roth's advice may be seen as ill-mannered oversharers at best, sneaks and thieves at worst. Undoubtedly, there's something chilly about viewing loved ones as "material." But what if the results are really good? Eugene O'Neill had the decency to lock away his autobiographical—and devastating—Long Day's Journey Into Night, leaving instructions that it only be published 25 years after his death and never staged. I, for one, am glad his widow ignored his wishes, however bad the play makes his family look. Continue reading»

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