War Paint: B’way musical as corporate history

"War Paint" curtain scrim as viewed from mezzanine at New York's Nederlander Theater. Photo by Marian Calabro (c) 2017.
I admire great Broadway musicals and good corporate histories equally, so “War Paint” was a must-see. Alas, in the words of novelist Janet Burroway, “Only trouble is interesting.” And there’s not nearly enough trouble, conflict, or call it what you will in this twin biography of cosmetics[...]
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History Equals Reputation

Uber taxi in Moscow, courtesy of Wikimedia
When people tell me that no one will be interested in their company’s history, I suggest substituting the word “reputation” instead. “Who cares about our history?” becomes “Who cares about our reputation?” The light bulb brightens. This came home in a big way today as I considered[...]
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Searing Workplace Drama at MTC

Linda confronts her boss in the workplace drama "Linda" at Manhattan Theatre Club. Photo (C) Richard Termine 2017
Just five days remain to see “Linda” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Too few plays are set in workplaces, the family living room being the preferred cauldron. But this powerhouse, a UK import by Penelope Skinner, lands a one-two punch. We see Linda at work as a[...]
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Preserve Those Voices

Bob Fass at WBAI in the 1960s, courtesy of Lost Footage Films via Columbia University
So much corporate history and cultural history resides in oral history. To that end, I was delighted to learn that Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is archiving 10,000 hours from “Radio Unnameable.” This program by Bob Fass on New York City FM station WBAI was[...]
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