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Alt Satire? Here's "Me The People: The Trump America Musical"

In an era of laughable and depressing news, Nancy Holson, Jay Falzone and Jim Russek — veterans of political satire dating from the Clinton era …

Gotta Minute? Nuts and Bolts of the One-Minute Play Festival

Frank Abagnale Jr., the subject of the bio crime pic and stage musical <i>Catch Me If You Can</i>, once said, “People say that life is short, but it isn’t …

Mass Shooting: One Nation Under Verbal, Violent Assault

Another day, another crazy person shooting people in a public place, another blame game starts almost immediately. But first politicians drag out the …

Cultural Omnivore, Arts Critic: The Vanguard of Jose Solis

Debates about cultural criticism question its relevance, who is and is not a critic, and the audience for critical writing. We believe critics …

Michael Stewart Transforms Dark Emotion into Political Art

Michael Stewart works in several media, making beautiful things using paint, collage, ink, clay and other materials artists use. Moons ago, Stewart …

When Does Liberal Discourse Resemble Evangelicalism?

I wasn’t allowed to read the <i>Harry Potter</i> series as a child. According to the churches my family attended, reading those books was a sin. They were …

What's Hot? Constructing and Managing Outdoor Stages

My consultancy colleagues and I are working on four amphitheater projects right now. One is a feasibility study for an amphitheater inside a …

For Parent Artists in Theater, Rachel Spencer Hewitt Is a PAAL

I became a parent at the same time I started working in live theater. It was an interesting experience as very few of the rest of my colleagues had …

Network TV Needs to Stop Doubting Its Best Comedians

With so many options available, TV audiences are splintered more than ever. And no one has felt the impact of this new landscape more than the …

God I Wish David Mamet Would Just Get Over Himself

I want playwright David Mamet to sue me. Or scream his head off at me in front of the Atlantic Theater Company on West 20th Street, preferably in …

Intellectual Property

Honoring the Tony Winners That CBS Didn't Show

The Tony Awards broadcast continued a long-standing protocol this year. Namely that numerous awards were given prior to the CBS broadcast, with clips …

How Artists Can Get Out of the Country -- and Why

The current US political climate is infecting our social scenes, families, workplaces, public transportation and other areas of life. At least that …

Students

We Watch, Too: A Parents' Roundtable on Theater for Kids

In my first entry of this Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) series, I said I didn’t want to make assumptions on what people think or want from …

Parenting

Changing Ballet's Perception Means Embracing Black Bodies

“Dear Candidate, thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted. You lack the right feet, Achilles …

Women of Color

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Reminds Us How to Empathize

Jason Farago of <i>The New York Times</i> really does not like the current show of paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the New Museum, “Under-Song for a …

Art

At JFK's Centenary, Historian Steven Watts Views a Mixed Legacy

May 29th marked the hundredth anniversary of the birth of 35th American president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. As I reflected on this milestone over the …

James Dean

Disability Disabused in Martyna Majok's "Cost of Living"

There are plays that by undertaking particularly challenging subjects and treating them with unabashed honesty immediately bring audiences to their …

League of Their Own: Broadway Casting Directors Unionize

Donna Kaz is a multi-genre writer who joined the Guerrilla Girls in 1997. Using the pseudonym Aphra Behn, she has spent the last 20 years traveling …

Broadway Theatre

Matthew Perry Swallows the Truth in "The End of Longing"

There’s no reason why the actor Matthew Perry, still collecting <i>Friends</i> residuals, wouldn’t approach the writing of his dramedy, <i>The End of Longing</i>, …

Dramedy

Marketing Broadway Musicals: Why Is It So Cookie-Cutter?

In the crowded past season for new Broadway musicals, the landscape offered an embarrassment of riches for all audiences. Hailed as a “record …

Musical Theatre

Where Real Americans Perform Their Patriotism

<i>U.S.O.ver</i> is a performance series, agitprop-cum-variety show that subverts the tradition of the classic USO show with a collection of vignettes as …

Habitat 67 Turns 50: Safdie Talks Ethical Architecture

Architect Moshe Safdie remembers the mid-1960s, when he was designing Habitat 67 — the revolutionary pavilion for Canada’s Expo 67 in Montreal, as a …

Skyscrapers

Feasting on Farce, Michael Urie Finds Us All Fools

Nikolai Gogol took for granted that government officials, major and minor, were corrupt. He believed the same of anyone who attained the slightest …

How to Approach Arts Activism (and Not Make Another Pepsi Ad)

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS<p>“It was hard for me to understand the framing of purchasing a ticket as a liberatory act, even if it was …

Framing

The De Wolfe Questionnaire: Jennifer Stahl, Dance Magazine

Jennifer Stahl is the current Editor in Chief of 90-year-old Dance Magazine<i>.</i> She has been in this position for three-and-a-half years, following a …

Black Lives Matter