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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.

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.

‘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.

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

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

In Search of a Gentleman

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Not distrusting the patriarchy -- but having very different reactions to Buttigieg and Sanders.

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."

Time For All Democratic Hopefuls To Do One Simple Thing

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I'm still thinking about She the People -- and all the Democratic candidates not getting specific.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

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If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

Women Take the Spotlight at Panorama Europe 2019

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A striking through-line highlights this festival, now at NYC's Museum of the Moving Image.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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

Taking Up Space: A Tale of Two Mitskis

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I, too, want to be treated like a cowboy. I want to be treated like a white man with a weapon.

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

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

‘Working Woman’: Humans First, Gender Second

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Can women and men work together? Yes, says Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad -- when the roots of sexual harassment are finally rooted out.

Halley Feiffer: Writing New Roles One Play at a Time

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How an actor who has always been a writer became a writer who has always been an actor.

Will Chicago’s New Mayor Support the City’s Artists?

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The current mayor of Second City may know his pas de basque from his brisé, but the next mayor has to know what its artists need.

Isabelle Huppert Suffers (Again!) in Surreal Off-Broadway Play

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Watching Florian Zeller's 'The Mother,' we suffer right along with the glorious French actress.

SWAN Day 2019 Takes Flight — Under New Leadership

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After 11 years, Support Women Artists Now is a worldwide event whose future is just beginning.

Learning and Unlearning from the Bauhaus

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A centenary spotlights how the school's influence lives on, but needs redefinition for today.
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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.