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Kathy Griffin by Tyler Shields

Why Kathy Griffin Shouldn’t Apologize

Kathy Griffin holding Trump's severed "head" deserved no apology.
Ridiculous

Barrier-Breaking GM Steve Asher Knows What’s Ridiculous

The Ridiculous could produce a show on their NEA grant alone. Not at TBTB.
broadway

The Road More Traveled: Why Touring Broadway is Booming

At the Spring Road Conference, leaders talk content, pricing, diversity and “Hamilton."
Trump

Trump: Three-Dimensional Chess, One-Dimensional Mind

Trump has now introduced himself on the world stage. God knows what's next.
Harlem

The Family Party “On Striver’s Row” Is Hot Harlem Satire

Only the fear of becoming impoverished can bring the Van Strivens to speak civilly.
Sondheim

Singing Sondheim in the Age of Donald Trump

There are ways in which Sondheim is more than a musician; he's almost a life philosopher.
mental health

Mental Health Therapy Needs Arts as Process and Product

Women need each and every tool available in their box for mental health care.
criticism

How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

No one believes that full-time criticism is a viable career option, she says.
Schenkkan

Schenkkan’s “Building the Wall”: Trump’s Terrible Dystopia

How far can illegal immigrant witch-hunting go?
facilities

How Cultural Facilities Can Support Creators

Why helping artists is in the interest of cultural facilities.
activism

Are the Arts Just Using Activism Language to Sell Tickets?

When should artists adopt activist language for their work?
forgive

Playwright: “Can You Forgive Her?” Critic: “This Time.”

If this is vanity, it's unfair.
whirligig

Anger, Seven Ways: Hamish Linklater’s “The Whirligig”

Raging voices can be dramatic, but they don’t necessarily constitute drama.
flying

In New Role, Amanda Quaid Goes Flying for “The Moon”

"As I opened my mouth to speak, the memory of takeoff flooded my body and my heart leapt."
UP Theater

UP Theater Reveals NYC Neighborhood in Transition

Kirby Fields is less interested in the likability of his characters than their humanity.
Chicago theater

Finally, You Can Stream Chicago Theater. But What’s Next?

Something Marvelous brings streaming to Chicago theater. Will other companies follow?
Black Radical Women Ringgold ft

“Black Radical Women” Revolutionize Art at Brooklyn Museum

40 artists reveal the complexity, urgency and power of Black Radical Women.
kentucky music

Must Be The Bourbon: Inclusive Classical Music In Kentucky

In Louisville, the vision of "golden age of orchestral music" may be close at hand.
CFR

Why the Future of the CFR Depends On You

If journalism about arts and politics is valuable to you, please support the CFR.
NYC

Ghosts of Bygone NYC: Dan Ruth Recalls “A Life Behind Bars”

1990s NYC: If you went somewhere to be seen, it was to be seen by those there to be seen.