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Doreen Taylor Gets Her ‘Oscar’

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An Off-Broadway musical fronts a hologram of Oscar Hammerstein II -- and faces headwinds.
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In Season 3, HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Finally Gets a Clue

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A show returns to critical-darling status...if you can forgive Stephen Dorff's wig.

The 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Wisdom of Poets, and Trump

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Catharine Arnold's "Pandemic 1918" prompts thoughts of mortality and the need for an examined life.

Will Lillian Hellman Return to the Boards for ‘Days to Come’?

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Revisiting the work of a woman who did not cut her conscience to fit any theatrical fashion.

Fiction by Jake Tapper, Jonathan Ames Kills and Thrills

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Protagonists of two new novels battle powerful underground organizations. The similarities end there.

Beyond the James Dean Mythology with Graham’s ‘Giant’

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Looking back at the novel and the iconic Hollywood film, with its biting indictment of greed, misogyny and bigotry in Texas.

Elizabeth Catlett Sculpts Black Women Ready for Revolution

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An artist with something profound to say about race, gender and dignity.

Kurt Andersen’s ‘Fantasyland’ Got Me All Worked Up

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In "Fantasyland," Americans are fundamentally kooky believers in anything; sometimes for the good, sometimes not.

2017 Politics Got You Down? Let William Dean Howells Be Your...

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Nationalistic rhetoric, fear of immigrants, police killings of citizens? How the Haymarket case reflects 2017 politics.

With “Vacationland,” Comic Liar John Hodgman Spills Truth

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The onetime "Daily Show" player turns serious in a new collection of personal essays.

“The Phoenix Years”: Celebrating Chinese Artists’ Persistence

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Madeleine O'Dea's new history examines China's post-Mao creative life.

3D Opera ‘Blank Out’ Tells Human Story Using Technology

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The 3D video in Michel van der Aa’s chamber opera “Blank Out” is no gimmick.

“The Sense of the Past”: Henry James’s Rickety WABAC Machine

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The unfinished, posthumously published 1917 novel transports its hero back to 1820.

Sarah Goldhagen: How Built Forms Form Us

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Goldhagen discusses the science of architecture's powerful effects on human beings.

“After Andy”: When a Former London “It” Girl Went Warhol

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In her memoir, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni also tells tales of Pinter, Jagger and Lagerfeld.

At JFK’s Centenary, Historian Steven Watts Views a Mixed Legacy

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"JFK and the Masculine Mystique" looks at how extreme male energy branded the early 1960s.

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, Sittin’ in a Stoppard Tree

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Radcliffe still has that puckish quality he's always had -- and it serves him well.

Courting Chekhov: Cate Blanchett on Broadway

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Richard Roxburgh, womanizer. Cate Blanchett, womanized.

“The Front Page”: Broadway’s Big Banner Headline

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Nathan Lane heads a superb cast examining Jazz Age chicanery.

Rachel Weisz Delivers Plenty (and Then Some)

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The endlessly complex and elusive Susan Traherne remains a grueling and epic role.
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