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On TV, It’s Raining Men: An Alienist and a Versace

Two recent shows were grim and stomach-turning. Why am I bored and ambivalent?

The Ups, Downs and Ups of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

During an Age of Faith, Murillo infused the artistic patrimony of Spain with beauty, joy and hope of salvation.

On Erasing One’s Heritage and the Myth of Race in America

Race is the opposite of what we were always told. It can be distorted to keep people isolated.

A Play About Equity for Women? (Yes! Written In 1912!)

Stanley Houghton's "Hindle Wakes" was ahead of its time. But serendipity can be jaw-dropping.

When It’s Time to Protest, Are You On the Right Side...

A protest has the extraordinary ability to shed light on the fractured internal relations of our country.

Kurt Andersen’s “Fantasyland” Got Me All Worked Up

In "Fantasyland," Americans are fundamentally kooky believers in anything; sometimes for the good, sometimes not.

All Hail “The Crown” (and the Queen)

Peter Morgan's Netflix series offers catharsis for uneasy times.

Like Music, Broadway’s “Farinelli” Has Charms — and Mark Rylance

Was Spain's melancholy king, Philippe V, crazy? Or crazy like a fox? Only a castrato knew for sure.

Authoritarianism Rises Off-Broadway in “Describe the Night”

Playwright Rajiv Joseph offers an allegory for today's corrosive political climate and totalitarian rumblings.

Many Presidents Found New Jersey Beautiful, Until Trump

Maybe he just values the sight of dollar signs more than the environment.

Meghan Markle Is More Than “Descended From Slaves”

To say that Markle is descended from slaves on her maternal side, solely, is to deny the truth.

I Was Haunted by Kent State Then. It’s Worse Now.

It's not because of the Second Amendment. It’s because of the NRA.

When Will Janet Jackson Get The Respect She Deserves?

A sincere apology to Janet Jackson would be a step in the right direction and a move towards righting a wrong that should never have occurred.

Why a 1947 Opera About Susan B. Anthony Feels Right Now

History comes around again in surprising ways. Places fall apart and are put back together. People come together, go away, and come back again....

In “Torch Song” Return, Fierstein Lights Beautiful Gay Flame

Michael Urie as Arnold Beckoff, Mercedes Ruehl as Ma Beckoff spark Kaufman's production.

“Downton Abbey” Star Does Double Time on Broadway

The playwright bounces time on his knee.

Ken Burns’ New Documentary and the Old Mistake of Vietnam

Vietnam was stupid, hopeless, murderous. "The Vietnam War," the series, has other flaws.

The Lessons of 1934: Why 2018 Activists Must Face Faith

Can artist activists see past their secular lens to possibilities and threats of religion?

Sanford Biggers Sculptures Evoke Violent History

Sanford Biggers' art shoots down racism and violence to combat historical amnesia.

“If Only”: Ann, Samuel, and the Love That Might Have Been

Upper-class white woman invites old romantic partner, an ex-slave, for a reunion.
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