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Ayad Akhtar

Another Don't-Miss Play in Berkeley: Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.22.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

It was exciting to hear, after a performance of Disgraced at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, that this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning work by playwright Ayad...

Karen Pittman: Disgraced Star Talks Art and Life

Nsenga Burton | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

The character of Jory has completely disappeared when Pittman arrives for the interview dressed down. The actress, who has a recurring role on FX's The Americans, speaks softly and thoughtfully about the character of Jory.

On the Culture Front: Better Call Saul, Constellations, Tijuana Picnic, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Last night, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean took the stage at the 92nd Street Y to talk with moderator about the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." I interviewed Banks the previous day for the Washington Post and avoiding spoilers felt like dodging carefully planted land mines in a desert war zone.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

First Nighter: Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer-Prized Disgraced in a Welcome Return

David Finkle | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

If you go by several adamant playwrights, it's a terrible idea for married couples to get together over an after-hours drink or dinner or for a casual weekend or a serious discussion about children. Nothing good ever comes of it.

Broadway Fall Preview: What Ticket Buyers Want to See

Cara Joy David | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I love the fall theater season. First, fall is my favorite time of the year in the city. Second, the fall theater season is chock full of new offerings, but the pressure to see them right away is less than it is with spring offerings, as the Tony Awards isn't as imminent.

Aisle View: Ivy League Daughter Speaks Out

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

While The Who and the What does not displace Disgraced from its perch near the top of the most important new American plays of the decade, it suggests that Mr. Akhtar has plenty to say and knows how to say it.

Book Club: Ask Ayad Akhtar Your Questions

Posted 12.19.2012 | Books

We're both sad and excited to finish American Dervish this week as it also means we've completed the Huffington Post Book Club for 2012. This discussi...

HuffPost Book Club: American Dervish

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 12.12.2012 | Books

Welcome to the discussion page for American Dervish. Scroll down to meet the editors you'll be hearing from, and watch our video discussions, read blo...

Theater: Disgraced Tries to Provoke But Only Puzzles

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

t's when the playwright tries to push our buttons too readily that the show goes off the rails. It's easy to disguise a person's prejudice with social niceties and then reveal with coded words and increasingly brutal language the prejudice that simmers underneath.