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Artists First? Charting a Future for the American Theater

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By the time our theaters reopen, which artists will be left standing? Let us revisit the ancient notion of the acting company.

The Confession of Howard McGillin

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It's not just actor-playwright Charles Busch offering a revelatory exercise in camp along Off-Broadway right now. Watch his co-star.

Marlon Brando: Hollywood’s Complex, Conflicted Cassandra

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All else aside, writes William J. Mann, the actor was "a voice in the wilderness warning about the celebrity culture he spied coming down the tracks."

Rohrwacher and Rohrwacher: Cinema’s Wonder Women

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"We do not feel the need to create a border. Our relationship is natural."

In ‘Halfway Bitches,’ Playwright Guirgis Goes All the Way

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This is two-act, two-hour-and-40-minute political issue to which attention must be paid.

‘Jitney,’ in LA, Sings August Wilson’s Song of the Forgotten Man

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Only 34 at the time that he wrote his first play, Jitney, August Wilson may or may not have known just how the emotion-driven...

Weighty Matters, Light Verse: John Lithgow Inks ‘Dumpty’

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One day, reaching for this book will be a good way to revisit the escapades of the Trump presidency -- and to be glad that they're over.

Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?

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The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.

‘Fires in the Mirror’ Remains Theatrically Incendiary

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An exhilarating example of the public service that theater is forever capable of providing.

‘Joker’ Is Wild, But Arthur Fleck Is No Partisan Tool

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To weaponize the film as just another ideological salvo reduces pop culture to agitprop.

Abzug, Abzug — There She Goes Again!

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My, my -- how can I resist Harvey Fierstein in his new play, "Bella Bella"?

Playwright Rebecca Gilman Finds ‘A Woman of the World’

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The story of Mabel Loomis Todd -- first editor of Emily Dickinson's poetry and much more -- opens Off-Broadway with the timeless Kathleen Chalfant.

Dear Will Arbery: About ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’

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The hold of conservative Christianity on the American body politic is a symptom of the crisis.

Privilege and Punishment: Felicity Huffman and the Prestige Problem

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With legacy enrollment dramatically rising at America’s top colleges and universities, who needs fraudulent admissions anyway?

On Broadway, ‘Betrayal’ Is the Only Constant of Life

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The hard elegance of the performances -- especially Tom Hiddleston, in his Broadway debut -- are a potent factor in the overwhelming success of this revival.

‘Stranger’ Days: Remembering the Penelope Ashe Hoax

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How 24 newspaper writers teamed up 50 years ago to create the sex-soaked novel "Naked Came the Stranger."

‘We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!’ (Or, ‘Don’t Pay Artists!’)

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If you won't pay artists -- or respect HR laws on exempt and non-exempt employees -- maybe you don't deserve our donations.

Death of ‘Chicago’ Actor Jeff Loeffelholz: Updates, Debates

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Who has legal standing to know the results of an investigation? What about a moral imperative?

Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand

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Diversity, inclusion and curious sins of omission in a new book on the "greatest star."

‘Convention’: Staging a 1944 Progressive-Moderate Slugfest

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Danny Rocco's sprawling experimental history play proves that everything new is old again.
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Which President Ignored Bounties on Our Murdered Soldiers?

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Either the ignoramus president was told the intelligence and did nothing about it or no one on his staff told him. Which sounds worse?