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If Stalin Had a Least-Favorite Musical, Would This Be It?

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"The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name" is based on a 1928 play, "The Suicide," by Nikolai Erdman, who was later exiled to Siberia.

In Dark Horse Race for an Oscar, Robert Moses Parts NYC

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How the surprisingly under-the-radar Ed Norton film "Motherless Brooklyn" represents the very best of contemporary American neo-noir.

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."

‘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.

Robert O’Hara: Finding the Beauty in the Horror

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My old friend -- director of Broadway's hit "Slave Play" -- tells me why theater is the space for the complicated and the uncomfortable.

Filmmaker Olympia Stone Receives Bruce Museum Retrospective

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"Rewind/Fast-Forward: Celebrating the Artist Documentaries of Olympia Stone" is set for Nov. 7 at 7pm.

América the Beautiful

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Directors Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside discuss their exquisite and thought-provoking new documentary.

How Two Mfoniso Udofia Plays Became One Night of Theater

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"Our idea has been to let the plays shine, to let the playwright shine, and to support each other."

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.

That Time Susan Sontag Did Something Stupid

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She staged "Waiting for Godot" in 1993 Sarajevo. A Sontag biography raises current questions on what motivates social practice.

How Halston Predicted the Future and Became a Pariah

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Frédéric Tcheng’s documentary retraces the rise and fall of an iconic, enigmatic American designer.

‘Frankie and Johnny’ Beams a Strong Broadway Half-Light

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Playwright Terrence McNally can be greatly thanked -- especially in the light of the moon.

The Currency of Bertolt Brecht

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What a shame we still live in a world that the playwright would so readily have recognized.

Women Take the Spotlight at Panorama Europe 2019

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A striking through-line highlights this festival, now at NYC's Museum of the Moving Image.

For Hnath, ‘Hillary and Clinton’ Are a, If Not the, Real...

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Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow cannonade a gratifying 90-minute, intermissionless play.

Dear Tasha Lawrence: A Letter About ‘All Our Children’

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You have a tough scene late in the play. You probably know it -- what you do at the end of it.

‘Working Woman’: Humans First, Gender Second

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Can women and men work together? Yes, says Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad -- when the roots of sexual harassment are finally rooted out.

Isabelle Huppert Suffers (Again!) in Surreal Off-Broadway Play

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Watching Florian Zeller's 'The Mother,' we suffer right along with the glorious French actress.

Yes, Ma: Gay Boy Playwright-Choreographer Makes Good

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It's all about his mother (and her love life) in the part-play, part-dance 'The Mar Vista.'

Revisiting the Comic Tragicomedy of Sean O’Casey

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Irish Rep reexamines a challenging classic, set during the Irish War for Independence.
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