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Yang Jiang, Chinese Author and Translator, Dies at 104

BEIJING — Yang Jiang, a Chinese author, playwright and translator whose stoically restrained memoir of the Cultural Revolution remains one of the most revered works about that period, died on Wednesday in Beijing. She was 104.<p>Her death was announced by state-run news media, including People’s …

Asia

Loris Francesco Capovilla, Pope’s Aide at Second Vatican Council, Dies at 100

Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla, who as personal secretary to Pope John XXIII helped prepare the Roman Catholic hierarchy for the opening of the Second Vatican Council, died on Thursday in Bergamo, Italy. He was 100.<p>His death was reported by the Italian news agency Agenzia Nazionale Stampa …

Pope Francis

Review: Domestic Doom, Fiercely Conveyed, in Ibsen and Strindberg Plays

A noise of primal desperation emanates from each of the two suspenseful dramas that have been resonantly paired in repertory by Theater for a New Audience. They are Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and Strindberg’s “The Father.” And there comes a moment about halfway through both productions when a …

Review: In ‘The Total Bent,’ a Father-Son Rift and a Sensational Score

A singing preacher and his singing son go mano-a-mano, or rather microphone-to-microphone, in “The Total Bent,” a blazingly entertaining new musical set mostly during the 1960s from the creators of “Passing Strange,” Stew and his regular collaborator Heidi Rodewald.<p>The novelty here is that Stew …

Donn Chappellet, Napa Pioneer Who Tired of Coffee Vending, Dies at 84

Donn Chappellet, whose deep, long-lived cabernets, produced at his Chappellet Vineyard, helped establish the Napa Valley as a serious rival to Bordeaux, died on Sunday at his home in St. Helena, Calif. He was 84.<p>His death was confirmed by his son Cyril, Chappellet’s chairman.<p>Mr. Chappellet began …

San Francisco Bay Area

Mell Lazarus, Cartoonist of ‘Miss Peach’ and ‘Momma,’ Dies at 89

Mell Lazarus, who dropped out of high school in Brooklyn to become a successful cartoonist, creating two popular comic strips, one about a mythically sweet schoolteacher and another modeled on his own demanding mother, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89.<p>The cause was …

New York City

West Africa Enlivens the South Bronx, at Nabaya

Although the restaurant is open, the blinds are barely turned, the gold-seamed curtains drawn. It’s been like this since 2008, when Aissata Kaba, a native of Guinea, took over this corner storefront across from an overgrown lot in the South Bronx that is still waiting for the city to make it a park.<p>…

An Obituary Runs Seven Years After the Subject’s Death. What Happened?

<i>Times Insider</i> <i>delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this article, the obit</i><i>uarie</i><i>s editor, William McDonald,</i> <i>explains the research and thought that went into one, that of Donald W. Duncan, seven years after Mr. Duncan’s death.</i><p>It …

Obituaries

Indian Accent Has a Cosmopolitan Twang

The emails from New Delhi began last spring.<p>A new one arrived every few months, informing me that a branch of a restaurant in that city named Indian Accent was about to open in Midtown, and urging me to check it out.<p>“Dear and Most Revered Mr. Pete,” one began. “Just wanted to let you know about the …

Luis Álvarez, Leading Figure in Mexico’s National Action Party, Dies at 96

MEXICO CITY — Luis H. Álvarez, a leading figure in the conservative National Action Party in Mexico who dedicated his life to the fight for democracy there, died on May 18 at his home in León, Mexico. He was 96.<p>The cause was complications of pneumonia, his nephew Fernando Álvarez said.<p>Mr. Álvarez, …

Hunger Strike

Beth Howland, Accident-Prone Waitress From the Sitcom ‘Alice,’ Dies at 74

Beth Howland, who made high anxiety an art form as the ditsy, accident-prone waitress Vera Louise Gorman on the 1970s and ’80s sitcom “Alice,” died on Dec. 31, 2015, in Santa Monica, Calif., her husband said on Tuesday. He had refrained from announcing her death earlier in keeping with her wishes. …

TV

Review: In ‘Incognito,’ the Brain Is Dramatic and Mysterious

Mysteries swirl in storm clouds in Nick Payne’s “Incognito,” which opened on Tuesday night at City Center Stage I, enough to fill many seasons of cliffhanger soap operas. The subjects of these tantalizing puzzles include questions of paternity, a man who murdered his wife on their 30th wedding …

The Brain

Review: ‘Hadestown’ Reanimates a Well-Known Myth

“It’s a sad song, but we sing it anyway.” We certainly do. The words refer to the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, which has been told and retold — sung and resung, danced and filmed — over the centuries in many genres and styles. Now it has become a folk opera, “Hadestown,” by the gifted …

Entertainment

Broadway Defies the Odds With Another Record-Breaking Season

“Hamilton” brought a boost. “The Lion King” provided ballast. And Broadway, once again, broke a record: The theater season that just ended attracted more people, and more money, than any before.<p>Broadway seems to be defying the cultural odds: An ancient art form in the digital age, it is …

Phantom of the Opera

Michael Mariotte, a Leading Antinuclear Activist, Dies at 63

Michael Mariotte, a leading national opponent of nuclear power and an advocate for alternative, sustainable sources of energy, died on May 16 at his home in Kensington, Md. He was 63.<p>The cause was pancreatic cancer, his wife, Tetyana Murza, said.<p>As executive director and president of the Nuclear …

Sustainability

Fred Papert, Innovative Ad Man and Champion of Grand Central, Dies at 89

Fred Papert, an innovative advertising agency director who helped galvanize civic leaders and government officials to preserve Grand Central Terminal and revive Times Square, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 89.<p>The cause was a pulmonary embolism, his daughter Lisha Papert Lercari said.<p>A debonair …

Grand Central Station

Review: ‘Signature Plays’ Triple Bill Reveals Truth in the Mirror’s Lies

Fun house mirrors are scary. Sure, we usually laugh at their grotesque images, so different from those reliable reflections found above the bathroom sink. But inside us, there lurks the suspicion that those warped and melted visions might just be who we really are, self-portraits wrested from the …

Playwrights

Emilio Navaira, Tejano Star, Dies at 53

Emilio Navaira, a Tejano singer from Texas who successfully straddled borders both musically and geographically, died on May 16 in New Braunfels, Tex., near San Antonio. He was 53.<p>His brother, Raulito, told The Associated Press that he might have suffered a heart attack after jogging. Family …

Music

Kang Sok-ju, Nuclear Negotiator for North Korea, Dies at 76

Kang Sok-ju, a key architect of North Korea’s nuclear diplomacy who haggled with United States negotiators, once by quoting from a favorite American book, died on Friday. He was 76.<p>The cause was esophageal cancer, the North Korean government said in a statement. The statement did not say where he …

North Korea

Jane Little, Atlanta’s Venerable Bassist, Dies at 87

It was not the fact that Jane Little played the bass that was the most remarkable thing about her, although women remain the exception rather than the rule in orchestral bass sections.<p>It was not that she began her career at 16, after just two years of instruction, though that was remarkable enough …

Atlanta

Bill Herz of ‘War of the Worlds’ Broadcast Dies at 99

Bill Herz, the last surviving crew member of Orson Welles’s mock “War of the Worlds” newscast, which terrified American radio listeners in 1938 with vivid bulletins warning Newark residents to evacuate as invading Martians incinerated central New Jersey, died on May 10 in Manhattan. He was 99.<p>The …

War of the Worlds

Marco Pannella, Italian Champion of Civil Liberties, Dies at 86

Marco Pannella, a maverick Italian politician who galvanized his predominantly Roman Catholic country to legalize divorce and abortion and grant other civil liberties, died on Thursday in Rome. He was 86.<p>His death was announced by Radio Radicale, the station he founded in 1976, to the strains of …

Italy

Review: In ‘Turn Me Loose,’ Raw Jokes That Still Sear and Bite

If we were really living in a postracial society, jokes about racism probably would fall flat. For proof that this heaven on earth, or at least heaven in America, has not yet arrived — in case you needed a reality check — see the scorchingly funny “Turn Me Loose,” in which a brilliant Joe Morton …

Jokes

Joe Temperley, Velvety Baritone Saxophonist, Dies at 86

Joe Temperley, a Scottish baritone saxophonist who anchored the reed sections of some of the most prominent big bands of the last half-century — notably the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in which he played for 25 years — died on May 11 at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.<p>The cause was kidney …

Big Band

At King of Falafel, the Crown Jewels Are Chickpeas

King of Falafel & Shawarma is a bold, throw-down-the-gauntlet title for what started out as a lone street cart in the shadow of the elevated train in Astoria, Queens. It might suggest hubris if it weren’t so well earned.<p>The magnanimous monarch and chef is Fares Zeideia, known as Freddy, who for 14 …

Falafel

Marlene Marder, Guitarist for Liliput, Dies at 61

Marlene Marder, whose blunt guitar chords drove the songs of the pioneering four-woman Swiss post-punk band originally called Kleenex and then Liliput, died on Sunday. She was 61.<p>Her death was announced by her record company, Kill Rock Stars, which did not say where she died or specify the …

Bands

Susan Tolchin, Political Scientist Who Foresaw Tide of Voter Anger, Dies at 75

Susan J. Tolchin, a political scientist who explored the workings of political patronage, women in politics and, most presciently, the electoral power of voter anger in several popular books, most of them written with her husband, Martin Tolchin, died on Wednesday at her home in Washington. She was …

Books

Morley Safer, Mainstay of ‘60 Minutes,’ Is Dead at 84

Morley Safer, a CBS television correspondent who brought the horrors of the Vietnam War into the living rooms of America in the 1960s and was a mainstay of the network’s news magazine “60 Minutes” for nearly 50 years, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 84.<p>CBS announced his death but did not give …

Journalism

Review: ‘Indecent’ Revisits a Play Colliding With Broadway Mores and More

The protagonist of “Indecent,” the powerful new play by Paula Vogel, is not a person but a drama — meaning that this is a play as much about the fate of a play as it is about the lives of the people involved in it. This superbly realized production, created by Ms. Vogel and the director Rebecca …

Jewish Culture

Review: In ‘The Ruins of Civilization,’ a Bleak Future, Brightly Told

The forecast for tomorrow (and tomorrow and tomorrow): cloudy with a chance of global annihilation.<p>The noise of rain on the roof is steady in “The Ruins of Civilization,” Penelope Skinner’s brightly bleak account of British family life in the fairly immediate future, which opened on Wednesday night …

The Future