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With “Vacationland,” Comic Liar John Hodgman Spills Truth

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The onetime "Daily Show" player turns serious in a new collection of personal essays.

Off-Broadway, Max Crumm Finds Himself a “Hot Mess”

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Please meet Max and Eleanor. Or, if you like, Eleanor and Max. They go together like -- well, Max and Eleanor, or Eleanor and...

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

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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...

A Healthcare Musical! “Dr. Glassheart” Will See You Now

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Everything I know is wrong! What's with these acai bowls?

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

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

After Mass Shootings, Late-Night Hosts Are Our Best Politicians

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How is it that the late night TV is the only place still outraged by mass shootings?

Bobby Goldman Lives! A Talk With Nancy Opel of “Curvy Widow”

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Bobby Goldman set out to write a naughty, racy, sexy, campy romp. Now it's a musical.
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Comics in ’70s LA: “I’m Dying Up Here” Just Misses the...

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Struggling stand-up comics in LA in the early 1970s? Should be a surefire hit, right?

Summer Read: Hot-Blooded Saga of a New York Immigrant

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Anna Fishbeyn's brash and impressive debut novel queries, "What price assimilation?"

Alt Satire? Here’s “Me The People: The Trump America Musical”

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"We have a lot of characters you would know..."

Network TV Needs to Stop Doubting Its Best Comedians

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Networks keep assuming audiences can't handle smart, fast humor. Ratings prove otherwise.

Matthew Perry Swallows the Truth in “The End of Longing”

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When playwright Perry lets loose, actor Perry holds nothing back.

Feasting on Farce, Michael Urie Finds Us All Fools

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Nikolai Gogol took for granted that government officials, major and minor, were corrupt. He believed the same of anyone who attained the slightest amount...

The Family Party “On Striver’s Row” Is Hot Harlem Satire

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Only the fear of becoming impoverished can bring the Van Strivens to speak civilly.

In Church & State, a Playwright Trains His Weapon

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Ask Church & State playwright Jason Odell Williams to describe himself and he turns into a maker of lists: "husband, father, writer, TV producer,...

► Introducing WikiLeaks Magazine

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The CFR presents an exclusive look at a new publication from WikiLeaks...

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, Sittin’ in a Stoppard Tree

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Radcliffe still has that puckish quality he's always had -- and it serves him well.

“Big Little Lies” Sedates More Than Ambien

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"Oh, who am I kidding? I'm dumping this for FX's 'Feud'."

Playwright Greg Kotis Presents “Lunchtime” of the Soul

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From the "Urinetown" co-creator, an absurdist, existential, pseudo-psycho office thriller.

“Enterprise,” Brian Parks’ New Play, Skewers Insanity, Inc.

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A world in which most things assumed to be constant may not be any longer.
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Herman Cain (and Republicans Unable)

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And then there was Jerry Falwell, Jr., with his open pants, evangelical FUPA and his hands veering into prime side-boob territory with -- hey, doesn't she have a name?