iOS app Android app

Tonya Pinkins

Hollywood Is Not The Only Arts Industry With A Race Problem

Julia Sharpe-Levine | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Julia Sharpe-Levine

The conversation around Tonya Pinkins and Mother Courage desperately needs to be broadened. To an extent, the question of whether Pinkins' decision was "professional" is irrelevant. Activism is inherently unprofessional. Without disruption, there is no activism.

First Nighter: CSC's 'Mother Courage and Her Children' Fighting a Tough Battle

David Finkle | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Anyone these days even casually interested in theater news has to be aware of the recent developments with the Classic Stage Company's revival of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Black Theater Community Reacts to Tonya Pinkins Quitting Mother Courage

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. The Tony-winning actress cited issues with the production's representation of people of color.

Who Lose, Who Thrives When White Creatives Tell Black Stories

Tonya Pinkins | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
Tonya Pinkins

Twice this year (but too many times in my career) my perspective as a Black woman was dismissed in favor of a portrait seen through the filter of the White gaze. Regrettably, I have exited Classic Stage Company's MOTHER COURAGE as a result.

Broadway Actress Tonya Pinkins Is 'One Tough Broad'

NBCBLK | Karu F. Daniels | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices

From hell and back, Tony Award winning actress Tonya Pinkins continues her journey of delivering masterfully nuanced performances on the stage and scr...

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.

Aisle View: Time to Kill on Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

The final 20 minutes of the courtroom drama A Time to Kill provide crackling theatrics, as idealistic folksy small-town lawyer Sebastian Arcelus goes up against slimily wily district attorney (and governor-nominee) Patrick Page. Unfortunately, those 20 minutes of high drama come after two full hours of lumbering storytelling.

First Nighter: Two Shakespeare "Problem" Plays Cause Additional Problems in Central Park

David Finkle | Posted 08.30.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The "problem plays" Shakespeare uncorked in the early 17th century contain enough problems that there's no call for directors and players to add new ones. That, however, is what's transpiring in the Public Theater's summer 2011 Central Park offerings.

Dueling Shakespeare 'Problem Plays' Hit Central Park This Summer

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts

The cancellation of the New York Philharmonic's annual park appearances came as a disappointment to many Gothamites. But the city's legion of free cul...