Monday, June 20 2016
Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.
Sounding more like Christopher Hitchens than a lapsed Presbyterian from the 19th century, Mark Twain rips apart Testaments Old and New.
Thursday, June 16 2016
Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?
Friday, June 10 2016
Carrie Cracknell delivers a beautiful, sensitive and measured production of the Terence Rattigan masterpiece.
Tuesday, June 7 2016
On what would have been the groundbreaking musician's 58th birthday, a reflection on his final chord.
Friday, June 3 2016
Montgomery Clift and Clifton Webb were both gay actors. One embraced his sexuality, while the other denied it, which made a huge difference in how their careers played out.
Personal and political tensions surface between two couples in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s absorbing Skiathos-set play at the National Theatre.
Wednesday, June 1 2016
Some fine performances bring Brechtian bite to Rufus Norris’s otherwise disappointing new production of The Threepenny Opera.
Thursday, May 26 2016
The pressing question isn't so much what a troll is and how he came to be, but what to do when confronted with a troll.
Friday, May 20 2016
For all that it is cold and disquieting, DeLillo's latest is also his most sincere -- his most human -- meditation on death yet.
Wednesday, May 18 2016
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert examines food in a manner that is Catholic. But also, it engages with food in a manner that is catholic.
Tuesday, May 17 2016
For all its infamy, few outside of France really understand what Charlie Hebdo is all about. A manifesto posthumously published by its editor, offers insights.
Wednesday, May 11 2016
What's critical about cast-off pieces of fabric? Is Richard Tuttle's The Critical Edge merely ironic hyperbole?
Thursday, May 5 2016
A growing array of America’s leading thinkers and activists have gone from critiquing the excesses of capitalism to charting the future of American socialism.
Monday, May 2 2016
The system of media and journalism on which our democracy relies is under threat. French economist Julia Cage surveys the scale of the crisis and proposes a unique solution.
Wednesday, April 27 2016
Within our bodies, single-celled organisms outnumber cells that we identify as human DNA ten to one. We're merely a colony within a colony within a colony.
Monday, April 25 2016
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Friday, April 22 2016
Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.
Tuesday, April 12 2016
An exploration of lifestyle branding for the coming environmental apocalypse.