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At Driehaus Museum, Yinka Shonibare Fabricates Post-Colonial Identity

The artist takes over a lavish Chicago mansion, for a contemporary twist on Gilded Age excess.

What Becomes of Jussie Smollett Now?

What kind of career will Jussie Smollett have now? Will he even have one? I suppose his staunchest defenders will take umbrage at these...

Will Chicago’s New Mayor Support the City’s Artists?

The current mayor of Second City may know his pas de basque from his brisé, but the next mayor has to know what its artists need.

Black Power Art Raises a Fist at the Brooklyn Museum

“Soul of a Nation” takes a breathtaking look at the political and aesthetic work of Black Power artists.

Artist Promotion? Data Scam? My Trip With Voyage Media

Promoting artists sounds great -- until you think they're aggregating your personal information.

How Katherine Dunham Embodied Activism (and What It Means Now)

As political polarization intensifies, the choreographer's legacy offers the dance world a template.

In the Theater of Nwandu, Black Men Yearn to ‘Pass Over’

A tragicomic play invites comparison with other works, but ultimately stands on its own.

Can Playwright Rajiv Joseph Cure Our Fake News Sickness?

We're not the first nation to face propaganda from a government prone to lies and deceit.

Why I Am Boycotting Writers Theatre in Chicago

When a board papers over staff misconduct, maybe it's time to just say no.

Why We Need Black Antiheroes, with Antoinette Nwandu

Playwright Antoinette Nwandu on writing new kinds of black characters and her upcoming film with Spike Lee.

Six Women Allege Physical, Emotional Abuse at Dream Theatre Company

"Jeremy continues to email me from about 10 different addresses, with marriage proposals, suicide threats and pictures of his dick."

2017 Politics Got You Down? Let William Dean Howells Be Your...

Nationalistic rhetoric, fear of immigrants, police killings of citizens? How the Haymarket case reflects 2017 politics.

Michael Halberstam, Writers Theatre AD, Accused of Sexual Harassment

In a long Twitter thread, a former intern at Glencoe's celebrated Writers Theatre alleges that Artistic Director Michael Halberstam repeatedly sexually harassed him in 2003.

Martín Zimmerman on “Ozark” and How Money Lures Us to Crime

A podcast with the playwright and story editor for Netflix's Ozark

Bechdel Fest Amplifies Women’s Stories by All Genders

Broken Nose Theatare's festival showcases short plays that pass the Bechdel Test.

3 Movements That Prove There is a Demand for More Diverse...

In recent years, there has been a call for more diverse characters in novels.

Are the Arts Just Using Activism Language to Sell Tickets?

When should artists adopt activist language for their work?

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

Something Marvelous brings streaming to Chicago theater. Will other companies follow?

Goodman to Skip Plays, Just Show Movies for 17-18 Season

Chicago's Goodman Theatre devotes its 2017-2018 season to The Power of Film.

When Theater of Privilege Rots: The DWTC Story

The death of Dead Writers Theater in Chicago is another teachable moment.
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