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In ‘Wives,’ Playwright Backhaus Tries Comedy — and #MeToo

But why salt so much dialogue with, like, annoyingly contemporary expressions?

‘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."

Mr. Rogers Is Not the Man You Are Looking For

We have to talk about masculinity, but not how we change it. We need to talk about how to channel it.

Leonardo da Vinci: After 500 Years, Still a Man in Full

For the quincentenary of his 1519 death, a dazzling display of exhibitions and new books honor the master's capacious vision.

Bass Reeves, Overlooked American Hero, Gets Hollywood Close-Up

The story of the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi is coming to the screen.

Post-Pride Reflections Through POC, LGBTQ Arts Lenses

June is not the only month in which we should have these conversations.

Native Playwright and Others Fear a New Trail of Tears

With the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) under right-wing attack, Mary Kathryn Nagle sounds the alarm.

Why Must Arts Workers Equate Long Hours with Success?

If your art cannot get done in the hours you have budgeted for it, you have lied. To everyone.

‘Convention’: Staging a 1944 Progressive-Moderate Slugfest

Danny Rocco's sprawling experimental history play proves that everything new is old again.

How Halston Predicted the Future and Became a Pariah

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

Who Are The 1491s and What Is ‘Between Two Knees’?

An intertribal, Indigenous sketch-comedy troupe exposes a deep cultural scar.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

‘The Old Gray Homestead’: Centenary of a Forgotten First Novel

Frances Parkinson Keyes is little remembered these days; she may have been the Joyce Carol Oates of her time.

Let Them Eat Culture: Notre Dame and the Collateral Damage of...

Where they elite meet to...not care about anyone but the elite. As usual.

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.

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?

Yes, Ma: Gay Boy Playwright-Choreographer Makes Good

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

‘Transit’ Strike: An Interview with Franz Rogowski

The 33-year-old German actor is about to take the movie world by storm.

Why Edith Wharton Might Hate My Play

A mixed-race playwright reconsiders 'The House of Mirth' and its relevance (or lack thereof) for people of color.

Please, Lynn Nottage, Don’t Make Me ‘Meet Vera Stark’!

One of our towering dramatic playwrights finds no time for comedy.
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