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Barra Grant: ‘Miss America’s Ugly Daughter’ No More

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It's one thing to grow up, and grow insecure, as the child of a celebrity. It's another thing to transcend it all with forgiveness.

The Confession of Howard McGillin

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It's not just actor-playwright Charles Busch offering a revelatory exercise in camp along Off-Broadway right now. Watch his co-star.

Immersive Theater Brings Legendary Nellie Bly Back to Life

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Remembering a period of history that was downright cruel, especially in regard to women's health -- and the woman who exposed it all.

In ‘Halfway Bitches,’ Playwright Guirgis Goes All the Way

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This is two-act, two-hour-and-40-minute political issue to which attention must be paid.

In ‘Greater Clements,’ a Playwright Mines Lesser Days

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Judith Ivey appears at the center of a few, very individual stories of certain troubled Americans -- and a much, much larger American tragedy.

‘Jitney,’ in LA, Sings August Wilson’s Song of the Forgotten Man

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Only 34 at the time that he wrote his first play, Jitney, August Wilson may or may not have known just how the emotion-driven...

‘Malaise’ of President Carter Finds ‘Confidence (and The Speech)’

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Welcome to a 2019 fantasy history play about a 1979 White House experience that might have been.

‘Fires in the Mirror’ Remains Theatrically Incendiary

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An exhilarating example of the public service that theater is forever capable of providing.

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.

Playwright Rebecca Gilman Finds ‘A Woman of the World’

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The story of Mabel Loomis Todd -- first editor of Emily Dickinson's poetry and much more -- opens Off-Broadway with the timeless Kathleen Chalfant.

Dear Will Arbery: About ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’

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The hold of conservative Christianity on the American body politic is a symptom of the crisis.

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."

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

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

‘Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow’ Stay Home

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There must be method to playwright Halley Feiffer's current madness.

‘The Rolling Stone’: Ugandan Homophobia as Modern Tragedy

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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’

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

‘Long Lost’: New Margulies Play Should Stay Undiscovered

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The playwright thinks he’s offering us shocks. They register more like mild nudges.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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Playwright Cori Thomas learned to see the San Quentin incarcerated as individuals, not as past crimes.

Inside David Garrison, a Well-Defended Mr. Mister

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How to play an avaricious, amoral capitalist in an age of avaricious, amoral capitalists.

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

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