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Artists First? Charting a Future for the American Theater
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
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
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
"We do not feel the need to create a border. Our relationship is natural."
In ‘Halfway Bitches,’ Playwright Guirgis Goes All the Way
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
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’
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?
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
An exhilarating example of the public service that theater is forever capable of providing.
‘Joker’ Is Wild, But Arthur Fleck Is No Partisan Tool
To weaponize the film as just another ideological salvo reduces pop culture to agitprop.
Abzug, Abzug — There She Goes Again!
My, my -- how can I resist Harvey Fierstein in his new play, "Bella Bella"?
Playwright Rebecca Gilman Finds ‘A Woman of the World’
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’
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
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
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
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!’)
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
Who has legal standing to know the results of an investigation? What about a moral imperative?
Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand
Diversity, inclusion and curious sins of omission in a new book on the "greatest star."
‘Convention’: Staging a 1944 Progressive-Moderate Slugfest
Danny Rocco's sprawling experimental history play proves that everything new is old again.