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Artists First? Charting a Future for the American Theater
By the time our theaters reopen, which artists will be left standing? Let us revisit the ancient notion of the acting company.
Post-COVID Performing Arts: Like a Trip to the Car Wash
Restorationists expect a familiar process will always work: they’re about the car wash. Opportunists look to innovate: they're about getting the car clean.
Barra Grant: ‘Miss America’s Ugly Daughter’ No More
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
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
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
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
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
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)’
Welcome to a 2019 fantasy history play about a 1979 White House experience that might have been.
Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?
The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.
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.
Abzug, Abzug — There She Goes Again!
My, my -- how can I resist Harvey Fierstein in his new play, "Bella Bella"?
Playwright Rebecca Gilman Finds ‘A Woman of the World’
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’
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
"Our idea has been to let the plays shine, to let the playwright shine, and to support each other."
Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’: A Free (But Costly) Racial Satire
Harris' play is so scattershot that his many points, and the fireworks that generate, remain unhappily in chains.
In ‘Wives,’ Playwright Backhaus Tries Comedy — and #MeToo
But why salt so much dialogue with, like, annoyingly contemporary expressions?
On Broadway, ‘Betrayal’ Is the Only Constant of Life
The hard elegance of the performances -- especially Tom Hiddleston, in his Broadway debut -- are a potent factor in the overwhelming success of this revival.
Is the Tragedy of Sept. 11 Intelligible to Us Yet?
Looking to ancient drama to comprehend the incomprehensible.
Making a Frame: How I Found an Augusto Boal Book in...
Looking back on more than three decades creating community and drama around the world using the techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed.