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Robert O’Hara: Finding the Beauty in the Horror

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

I Won’t Calm Down: Taylor Swift, Kellyanne Conway and the VMAs

Don't tell me that I "need to calm down," Taylor. Oh, and please, Kellyanne, don't sing.

Post-Pride Reflections Through POC, LGBTQ Arts Lenses

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

‘The Rolling Stone’: Ugandan Homophobia as Modern Tragedy

Despite predictable drawbacks, Chris Urch's theatrical indictment is an important work of art.

How a Michael R. Jackson Musical Throws Us for a ‘Loop’

An autobiographical musical about an autobiographical musical about -- well, you know.

Notes on ‘Notes on Camp’

High, low, Beau and no: more thoughts on the Met gala's camp-y hits and misses.

What ‘Ain’t No Mo’ Taught Me About 400 Years of Inequality

Audiences laughed. But no one will ever understand the pain of African Americans.

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...

Being and Becoming: Black, Gay, Creative — and Politically Engaged

How I elevated my social and political voice through voice training.

‘Sorry — Love You’: Asian Americans on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

What does it look like to represent Asian Americans in a drag competition?

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.

Did We Fail Marlon Riggs?

In April 1994, the Associated Press published a story on how HIV+ patients were starting to live longer. A study out of San Francisco...

Diversity and the Arts: Can the US Escape Whiteism?

What we do about the one is related to what we do about the other.

Trigger Warnings at the Theater: Should This Be a Thing?

Isn't the whole idea of art to trigger something emotional?

“Making Oscar Wilde”: A Young Aesthete Lectures America

His American tour served him as he wrote the stage comedies that gave him lasting literary currency.

Mike Hot-Pence by Day, VP Mike Pence by Night

After creating a satirical character, actor Glen Pannell never expected to play the real VP.

Mover, Shaker, Dancer: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

Does NYC Council Speaker Johnson think America can live up to its ideals despite all the horrible tweets and policies coming out of Washington?

Is the Humor of Barry Humphries Out of Time?

The days of performing witless, morally objectionable material under the guise of being "in character" are over.

Hannah Gadsby Just Killed Comedy As We Know It

First she shows how her jokes work. Then you're left appalled at why you laughed in the first place.

Why Time Is Still Ripe for the Fresh Fruit Festival

An act of defiance for 16 years and counting, we need festivals like "Fresh Fruit" now more than ever.
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