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Ben Brantley Is Asking For It

Daisy Eagan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Daisy Eagan

Nearly every woman I know has a story of being harassed, followed, threatened, frightened or raped. In 100 percent of these cases these women, however they may have been dressed, whatever state of sobriety or inebriation they were in, whether they were "slatternly" or well-groomed, were not "asking for it."

Attention All Interns: NYT Book Review Should Give Big Breaks to Recent College Grads

Robert Hofler | Posted 06.06.2014 | Books
Robert Hofler

I must apologize to the hundreds of interns whom I so badly advised over the forty years I worked as a magazine and newspaper editor. I recently exper...

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Jonathan Tolins, the Weird and Wonderful Playwright Who Transformed Barbra's Passion

Myra Chanin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Myra Chanin

Playwright Jonathan Tolins' comedic gem has, in addition, supplied me with a new definition of genius -- an artist who can transform the most narcissistic book ever written into a comic masterpiece.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

How Broadway Has Changed

Alec Baldwin | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Alec Baldwin

I have not acted in a legit show on Broadway since A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992, having chosen the not-for-profit route on Broadway or regional for my last four shows. Broadway has changed in the past 21 years and I wanted take a moment to look at that.

Should Ben Brantley Review Broadway Commercials?

James Sims | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
James Sims

Annie's latest commercial is seemingly meant to drive audiences to the Palace Theatre in Times Square. I had to watch the spot back after it ran across the television in order to figure out what was being promoted.

Political Theater in a Box

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Gene Sullivan

I can honestly say I've witnessed hundreds of thousands of people alternately enthralled, outraged, and emboldened by a theater that is speaking truth. But I'm the Resident Playwright of that theater.

What's Love Got To Do With It? (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For many years, romantic comedies have had a double standard. If a man slept around, he was hailed as a charmer, a lover boy, or someone who was just ...

The Pulitzer Debacle?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hoyt Hilsman

Rather than simply dismissing the Pulitzers as old-fashioned or irrelevant, isn't it worth a further discussion of how the Committee goes about making its choices -- especially when it ignores the nominees of its own Jury?

Hair: A Revival of Youth and Hippyism

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Hair should be judged on the power of its singing and dancing, not the narrative that strings the two together.

Broadway Revivals Founder on Brighton Beach

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Too often the only review that counts is the Times pronouncement via Ben Brantley or Charles Isherwood. This time Brantley's response was not what's known as "a money notice."

Theater: London Summer Roundup

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Before and after the Cannes Film Festival, I spent time in London catching up on theater and museums. Here's a roundup, beginning with shows that are still running, so -- if you're headed to Europe...