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Artists First? Charting a Future for the American Theater

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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

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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

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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.

Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?

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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

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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.

Abzug, Abzug — There She Goes Again!

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My, my -- how can I resist Harvey Fierstein in his new play, "Bella Bella"?

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."

Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’: A Free (But Costly) Racial Satire

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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

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

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.

Is the Tragedy of Sept. 11 Intelligible to Us Yet?

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Looking to ancient drama to comprehend the incomprehensible.

Making a Frame: How I Found an Augusto Boal Book in...

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Looking back on more than three decades creating community and drama around the world using the techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed.
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And I Thought, ‘Something Just Broke’

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Systemic change will be difficult until we cut out and complete irradiate the Trumpist cancer from our diseased body politic. So we fight.