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Was Augustin Daly, 19th Century Theater Genius, a Secret Progressive?

Why director Alex Roe calls "A Marriage Contract," from 1892, an "indictment of prejudice, privilege and complacency."

“Kings” Passes Bechdel Test, Drowns in Design

In the new play by Sarah Burgess, hyper-aggro sound design nearly ruins the storytelling.

At SoHo Rep, “Is God Is” Mostly Is, Until It Isn’t

Playwright Aleshea Harris is bound and determined to offer us an allegory. Or several.

As Racial Tensions Rise, Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” Stands Army Strong

Chatting with Charles Weldon, artistic director of the legendary Negro Ensemble Company.

► Will Eno Brings “Thom Pain,” Starring Rainn Wilson, to BroadwayHD

The playwright discusses collaborating with Wilson, his former roommate, adapting his Pulitzer-nominated play to film, and some surprising encounters with London's wildlife.

In Interactive Play “Constellarium,” Children Learn to Be Refugees

How the Verigrin came to define themselves as a sanctuary planet.

Adrienne Kennedy’s New Play of Love, Race and Puppets

Memories of her white grandfather animate the 86-year-old legend's first play in a decade.

Seeing Red: Why “Cardinal” Is Not a Very Good Play

When a play is poor-to-middling, directors and casts can ratchet things up. Not here.

Orlandersmith Finds Documentary Theater in Ferguson, MO

A quiet contemplation of America’s newly energized racist past.

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.

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.

How Kids TV Made Playwright Matt Hoverman a Star

Broadway producers disappointed him twice. Winning an Emmy for "Arthur" let his spirits rise again.

Nuclear Powerless: Cleaning the Mess Boomers Leave Behind

Lucy Kirkwood's debut play on Broadway intertwines personal legacies with disaster.

Hirabayashi Lives On, Still Defending the US Constitution

A play set in World War II reminds us that our rights are only as strong as our resolve to defend them.

Authoritarianism Rises Off-Broadway in “Describe the Night”

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

Miller’s “20th Century Blues”: 40 Years, Four Women Fall Flat

Told in the rhythm of a daytime serial, this play will put a smile on your face with no great depth of inner feeling.

Dreamy “Peter Pan” Grows Wild and Full of Bedlam

When Peter still instructs the Darling children to fly by wishing for it, they close their eyes and dream, still solidly on the ground.

What Is Censorship? The Tale of Michael Weller’s “Buyer Beware”

Yesterday morning I read up on Brandeis University's decision to cancel a production of Michael Weller's new play, Buyer Beware. Or at least that's...

John Patrick Shanley’s New Play? Snap Out of It!

Jason Alexander, Sherie René Scott, Mary Testa Battle the Odds to a stand-still.

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

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