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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.

Abzug, Abzug — There She Goes Again!

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

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.

‘Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow’ Stay Home

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

‘The Rolling Stone’: Ugandan Homophobia as Modern Tragedy

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

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.

‘Convention’: Staging a 1944 Progressive-Moderate Slugfest

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

‘Long Lost’: New Margulies Play Should Stay Undiscovered

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

‘Frankie and Johnny’ Beams a Strong Broadway Half-Light

Playwright Terrence McNally can be greatly thanked -- especially in the light of the moon.

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

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

The Currency of Bertolt Brecht

What a shame we still live in a world that the playwright would so readily have recognized.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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

For Hnath, ‘Hillary and Clinton’ Are a, If Not the, Real...

Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow cannonade a gratifying 90-minute, intermissionless play.

Dear Tasha Lawrence: A Letter About ‘All Our Children’

You have a tough scene late in the play. You probably know it -- what you do at the end of it.

She’s Lear, She’s Here, Get Used To It

One thing about this obtuse king is undeniably magisterial: a larger-than-life rage.
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