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On the Culture Front: Father John Misty, Pretty Filthy and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.22.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Civilians have been working on "Pretty Filthy," their musical about the porn business, for a pretty, pretty long time. I first caught a glimpse of it years back when they performed a selection of songs cabaret style at Joe's Pub.

First Nighter: Joel Drake Johnson's Sly Rasheeda Speaking, Craig muMs Grant's Paradox of the Urban Cliché

David Finkle | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Joel Drake Johnson is a sly one. At first, his Rasheeda Speaks -- directed by Cynthia Nixon with her own sly touch in a very impressive directing debut -- looks as if it's going to be a straightforward office comedy.

The Final Countdown: Otho Eskin's Final Analysis

Bess Rowen | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Part of theatre's appeal has always been rooted in the pure enjoyment gained from listening to a good story. But every once in a while a story can be so fantastic that telling it theatrically becomes rather difficult.

First Nighter: Lanford Wilson's Outstanding Mound Builders Flattened in Jo Bonney's Signature Revival

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The least painful way to comment on it is to say that, as directed by Jo Bonney -- working below her usual caliber -- it does very little to recapture Wilson's memorable achievement.

First Nighter: August Wilson's The Piano Lesson in Fine Tune

David Finkle | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Did August Wilson deliberately place The Piano Lesson in 1936, because that was the same Great Depression year Gone With the Wind was published? Did he intend it as a counter-balance to the version of slavery and its legacy depicted in Margaret Mitchell's best-seller?