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The Author Versus the Demagogue

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.23.2016 | Books
Alan Elsner

While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was bringing thousands of delegates to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) nat...

One for All: The American Soldier Proves Sacrifice Is a Family Issue

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Taurel explores the many faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), painting a detailed portrait of the military experience which explains that when trauma strikes one, it affects all.

The Broadway Musical Season -- Not So Dire

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Fret not for the Broadway season of new musicals, dear friends. Even if, as rumors have it, a summer (post-Tony) opening is announced for Hamilton, all is not lost for this season of Broadway musicals.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Saying Goodbye to the Freak Show: Side Show's Inevitable Demise

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.

'On The Town' Is One Helluva Broadway Show

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Bronx is still up and the Battery is still down, but the rest of this delightful new Broadway revival of On the Town has been given a facelift tha...

IVP's Censored on Final Approach at The Judson Gym

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

IVP's ensemble cast does an admirable job of dramatically bringing to life the passion for flying of these women and the challenges of sexism (both in the military and at home) and being first in their field.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

Infinite Variety Productions: A Piece of My Heart

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

There is no official count of the women who served in Vietnam, the all-volunteer female enlistees were forced to put an "m" next to their names signifying male. For this reason, there are only estimates of the Vietnam female servicewomen ranging between 10,000-100,000.

New Details On The 'American Psycho' Musical Emerge

Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts

Matt Smith will jump from the set of Britain's favorite science fiction series to the stage of what just might be the most horrifying musical ever pro...

It's Tony Week! Who Should Win?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I feel pretty confident that my favorite play of the year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will win Best Play and my favorite musical, Matilda, will win Best Musical. (There is a groundswell of support for Kinky Boots.)

The Russians Are Coming

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Nikolai and the Others, Richard Nelson's ambitious new offering at Lincoln Center, is basically a history play that aspires to shed philosophical light on the relationship between Art and politics and the plight of the Artist in Exile. As history, it is fascinating and engaging; as philosophy, it's not clear exactly what he wants to say.

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.

Rebirth: A New Musical Brings the Talented Lynn Whitfield and 'Nephew Tommy' Miles to the Stage

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Akoshia Yoba

Set in the year 2156, Jackson's theatrical production fast forwards us into a future where freedom and the power to choose for oneself have been obliterated by cataclysmic world events.

'I'm A Jewish Princess, And I Don't Give A Sh*t!'

Rex Reed | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

Aside from the fact that she doesn't sing, the only trepidation I've encountered about Bette Midler's sensational one-woman show I'll Eat You Last, about the sassy, splashy, tart-tongued Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers, is the concern that the Divine Miss M might be playing a colorful "insider" so obscure that the general public has never heard of her. Well, the show is such a smash and the Divine Miss M never more divine that you'll be lucky if you can beg, borrow or steal a ticket to get in.

Describing Matilda's Miss Trunchbull

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.27.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Numerous critics described The Trunch's appearance in very colorful terms and went out of their way to otherwise paint a picture of the dirt-colored, gold medal-winning child hater.

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers: A Match Made in Heaven

Patricia Bosworth | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Patricia Bosworth

Last night Bette Midler made a triumphant return to Broadway for the first time in 30 years, playing the brash superagent Sue Mengers in John Logan's one-woman show I'll Eat You Last. It was a bravura performance.

Cicely Tyson Goes Home Again In Classic Play

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

There is a Bountiful in everyone, an Edenic place of innocence and tranquility, the refuge to which we each yearn to return if only to replenish the strength to carry on. In a sublime performance in Horton Foote's classic play, Cicely Tyson transports her audience with her as she makes her own way back home.

Message To 'Orphans': Bring Back Albert Finney

Rex Reed | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

Overwrought and odd, the Broadway revival of Orphans, a 1985 off-Broadway play by Lyle Kessler that was overrated by a lot of otherwise intelligent people, including director Alan J. Pakula, who turned it into a 1987 movie with Albert Finney, has gained nothing from time passed. If anything, it is odder and more inconsequential than ever.

Alec Baldwin Finds Mr. Nice Guy

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Whatever "artistic differences" Alec Baldwin may have had with his former co-star Shia LeBeouf over the interpretation of Lyle Kessler's darkly comic play Orphans, the version that landed on Broadway last night is considerably more comic than dark.

Amanda Seyfried Reveals Secret Desire For 'Mean Girls' Musical

Posted 04.19.2013 | Arts

Guess who's excited about the potential "Mean Girls" musical? According to Allure magazine, Amanda Seyfried -- the "Les Misérables" actress who p...

'School Of Rock' Musical Is Actually Happening

Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts

Just as the hype surrounding the potential "Mean Girls" musical was beginning to die down, the king of musical theater, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has annou...

The Original Pop Princess Is Back...

Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts

Break out your feathered bangs and scrunchies, everybody, because the original pop princess is coming to an off-Broadway theater near you. Yes, Debbie...

Cinder-Ella: Are You New or a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It was not surprising Cinderella got categorized a "revival" -- after all, as Michael Riedel wrote a couple of weeks ago, that means it is a shoo-in for a nomination. But was that the right call?

Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams!

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by his shorter and much catchier moniker, Tennessee Williams. The American playwrigh...