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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.

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.

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.

Ms. and They: Coming to Terms with Terms of Identity

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Throughout rehearsals, she constantly defaulted to “he,” followed by stuttering apologies. Aidan always said, “That’s OK.” She always felt terrible anyway.

‘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.

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.

América the Beautiful

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Directors Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside discuss their exquisite and thought-provoking new documentary.

How Soundpainting Came to ‘PoP Up’ in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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"If we can inspire a sense of connection, wonder and whimsy in a fractured world, then I think we have done our job."

Miden Voyage: A #MeToo Charge in a Fictional Utopia

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In Veronica Raimo’s novel "The Girl at the Door," there's a fine line between admiring a culture and alienation from it.

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

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

Privilege and Punishment: Felicity Huffman and the Prestige Problem

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With legacy enrollment dramatically rising at America’s top colleges and universities, who needs fraudulent admissions anyway?

I Won’t Calm Down: Taylor Swift, Kellyanne Conway and the VMAs

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Don't tell me that I "need to calm down," Taylor. Oh, and please, Kellyanne, don't sing.

‘Stranger’ Days: Remembering the Penelope Ashe Hoax

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How 24 newspaper writers teamed up 50 years ago to create the sex-soaked novel "Naked Came the Stranger."

What I Got Out of My Lunch with the New NEA...

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In June 2018, President Trump appointed Mary Anne Carter to be Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The press at the...

How Abortion Narratives Are Changing in Hollywood

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Amazingly, encouragingly, the subject is suddenly everywhere.

Was Mom Right? I Hope Not

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Mom thought the arts were fun and games, frivolous, with no real worth but immediate entertainment.

Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand

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Diversity, inclusion and curious sins of omission in a new book on the "greatest star."

That Time Susan Sontag Did Something Stupid

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She staged "Waiting for Godot" in 1993 Sarajevo. A Sontag biography raises current questions on what motivates social practice.
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Herman Cain (and Republicans Unable)

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And then there was Jerry Falwell, Jr., with his open pants, evangelical FUPA and his hands veering into prime side-boob territory with -- hey, doesn't she have a name?