"Heilpern is as erudite and sophisticated as you'd expect an Oxford man who worked under Peter Hall at the Royal National Theatre to be, but his greatest merit as a critic may be his refusal to let intelligence get in the way of enthusiasm. When he loves a show, he simply loves it, losing all fear of being though unsubtle or indiscriminating....Heilpern's best writing offers many of the strange, almost religious delights of an evening at the theater....[This book is] more than a collection of witty essays or a defense of a seemingly archaic art form. It's a testament that, as Heilpern writes of a performance by Judi Dench, 'speaks to us of such a profound belief in theater that it amounts to a religion, a mysterious renewal, a way of life.'"Heilpern, John is the author of 'How Good Is David Mamet, Anyway? Writings on Theatre - And Why It Matters' with ISBN 9780415925471 and ISBN 0415925479.