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American Star!!! A Great Musical With an Honest Plot

Greg Jacobs | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Greg Jacobs

While being unorthodox in its approach, the plot of the show revolves around a high schooler struggling to keep up with the competition. She eventually goes on a wild goose chase in hopes of becoming America's next pop sensation.

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Dwight Brown | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.

Rejecting Addiction Over and Over Again

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

It's been 24 years since I used vodka like aspirin -- to numb my pain. In fact, I've been sober 22 years more than I drank, since I quit before I was old enough to buy the stuff. So my brain should be used to ordering Perrier and shaking my head politely as the Merlot bottle comes my way.

With Little Resources for Arts in Schools, Theatres Bring Performances to the Classroom

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Right now, a specially-commissioned play is touring schools in 12 Ohio counties, bringing theatre to kids so that they don't have to leave school, ride a bus and miss out on mandated teaching programs.

Order 'Lincoln' Now

Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment

Lincoln, the 2012 historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field. Lincoln received widespread...

The Call

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This tension-filled thriller focuses on the strained, frayed but oh so mutually dependent relationship between victims and their helpers. And for the most part it does so admirably, giving Halle Berry her juiciest role in eons.

Acting for Stage Is Acting for Life

Selina Wang | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Selina Wang

Even if you have no desire to ever be on-stage or in front of a camera, some rules for successful acting can be applied to leading a successful life.

6 Artists on their Road to Broadway and Engaging Audiences: Here, Now and Then

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Since last week, Paul's next play has been announced at Signature Theatre in Arlington; Santino opened to positive reviews in Cinderella; Kinky Boots has had a bravura first few performances, and the theatre world keeps turning.

AWOL (All Walks Of Life) (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 04.27.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

"Hip Hop!" "YOU KNOW!" This is a call and response led by Tony Jordan that brings youth from all over Savannah, and from all walks of life, toge...

Forget About Romney: Stacey Dash Masturbates In Front of Her Pug and Smokes Weed Out of an Apple!

Abe Schwartz | Posted 04.09.2013 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

Well, not in real life, but Stacey and I just put together a short called STACEY DASH IS NORMAL: The Dip, and in it, you better believe she does what the headline says.

Theater: Roller Derby and Silly Games? The 1950s Are Back!

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two promising new plays share a lot in common. Both are set in the 1950s. Both are broadly comedic but with heart and drama just below the surface. Both are blessed with excellent casts and productions that do them justice. Both have subplots that are unnecessary. And both could be easily improved.

Voyeurism of Violence: New Reality Shows Cross the Line

Millie Kerr | Posted 03.25.2013 | TV
Millie Kerr

Are reality/crime hybrids the wave of the future now that reality television has carved out space on our screens? Or is there something troubling about programs that merge true stories with disturbing situations?

Philosophy and Drama

William Lyons | Posted 03.05.2013 | Arts
William Lyons

I hope that this Greek production about a famous Greek will remind us of the fact that Greece has been the source of so many of the great aspects of our western democratic culture.

Lincoln, Meet Django: Slavery's Latest Films Are Controversial, But Not Why You Think

Rodney Barnes | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Rodney Barnes

The film is a well-acted, directed and a cinematic and aural feast, yet Tarantino's Django remains hotly debated among black intellectuals. And when it comes to why this is such a lightning rod, I have a theory.

Mum's the Word: An Introduction to Mumming

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

What is a Mummers Play, you ask, and what is mumming? Mumming is a word for disguising oneself, going door to door, and performing songs, dances and plays in neighbors' homes and in public places.

The Hobbit: Peter Jackson's Phantom Menace?

Greg Wetherall | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What is there to say about the behemoth of the modern cinematic age, with its awards, its ridiculously long running times and its enormous footprint in the sand of the modern movie epic?

Holidays With the Family

Christine Eads | Posted 02.16.2013 | Women
Christine Eads

This holiday season, look around your table and give thanks to those you chose to be your family. Your wonderful, loving family, diverse and dysfunctional though it may be.

Stage Door: Golden Boy, Glengarry Glen Ross

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Golden Boy is a knockout. It's a magnificent exploration of what it means to be an American and how we define success. Set in a lower-class New York neighborhood in 1936, it tells the story of Joe Bonaparte. Like an earlier Bonaparte, he, too, wants to be king of the world.

Notes on London Theater

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

As a playwright, I relish the abundance of serious drama on offer in what many consider the theater capital of the world; I also admire how seriously Londoners take their theater.

David Beckham -- A Role in Downton Abbey?

Alan Black | Posted 02.04.2013 | Sports
Alan Black

Now that David Beckham has played his last act in an American soccer role, what is next for the Englishman abroad? Having spent the last five years in...

Stage Door: My Name Is Asher Lev

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Art, like religion, demands commitment and responsible action. A substantial exploration of culture and identity, Asher Lev is an artistic triumph.

Stage Door: The Twenty-Seventh Man, Annie

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Literature and memory are essential to a culture's survival. For Jews, that literature is Yiddish -- 26 of its greatest writers and poets were murdered in a 1952 Stalinist purge. As Zunser (Ron Rifkin) explains to his four jailed comrades: "We are all here because of the fifth line on the form: Jewish."

"Trapped in the Closet" Stars Rolando & LeShay Boyce Speak

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

I recently had the pleasure of chatting over the phone with "Trapped" stars Rolando and LeShay T. Boyce. They are best known for their roles in the series as Cathy and Rufus -- the couple whose relationship drama seems insurmountable.

Rust and Bone: A Study in Self-Destruction and Identity

Greg Wetherall | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

Where danger is no longer an option in the form of whale training, Stephanie is drawn, like a moth to the flame, to the volatile volcano that is Ali. He is a construct of unbridled testosterone and is completely temperamental. His temper trigger is slight and his fury explosive.

Stage Door: The Heiress, Ivanov, No Escape

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." The sentiment comes courtesy of The Godfather, but it applies to the moving Broadway revival of The Heiress at the Walter Kerr.