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Thursday, July 21 2016

Richard Herring Proves That Talk Is Cheap and Incredibly Entertaining

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast gives comedians a chance to be honest and the audience a chance to laugh like hell.

Wednesday, July 20 2016

We Still Want Everything: The Politicisation of Anti-work

Less work, more pay, more leisure, guaranteed income -- We Want Everything sends a stirring reminder that these are not new demands.

Wednesday, July 13 2016

Fantastic Negrito’s “Working Poor” Is the Soundtrack to the Summer of ‘16

America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.

Stage 773’s Comedy Ensemble Unlikely Company Finds Their Footing in Farce

Unlikely Company’s talented ensemble finds both the humor and the melody in adult life, urging us to laugh at our own indulgent banality.

Friday, July 8 2016

‘The Statesman and the Storyteller’: The Imperatives of State and the Imperatives of Conscience

Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.

Thursday, July 7 2016

Forays Into the Fragment: Heidegger and Kant

Our relationship with fragments of art is one of a desiring proximity predicated upon an unfathomable and necessary distance.

Wednesday, July 6 2016

The Veridical Dream: Running on Empty With Etienne Daho

It’s funny how a dream, which has its basis in the intangible unknown and is full of fanciful fabrications, can lead to an indisputable truth. Daho soundtracks such dreams.

Wednesday, June 29 2016

Must We Sacrifice the Beasts at the Altars of Our Fierce Gods?

Like the Aztecs before us, and despite the sheen of humane treatment, zoos continue to be sites of ritual animal sacrifice.

Tuesday, June 28 2016

Lick Your Fingers. Bite Your Nails. Now How’s That Appetite?

You’ll really feel like you’re in a KFC when those 11 herbs and spices waft up your nostrils on a wave of ethyl acetate.

Friday, June 24 2016

Dark Knight of the Republic: The Terrifying Monsieur Pasqua

As hatchet man and master of dirty tricks for Charles de Gaulle, Pasqua operated under the ethos that "democracy ends where the interests of the state begin."

Tuesday, June 21 2016

Why Is Opera So Derided in America?

Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel offers everything movie goers seek: debauchery, religious obsession, exorcisms, devilish abuses, graphic sexual assault, and a variety of horrific effects both musical and visual.

Monday, June 20 2016

Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeida’s Excellent ‘Richard III&#8217

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.

Who’s Better Than Mark Twain at Bible-bashing?

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

Packing Bags and Hittin’ the Road: A Look Back on Music Gatherings of Yore

Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?

Friday, June 10 2016

Helen McCrory Captivates in the National Theatre’s Revival of ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

Carrie Cracknell delivers a beautiful, sensitive and measured production of the Terence Rattigan masterpiece.

Tuesday, June 7 2016

Perhaps Prince Really Did Die 4 Us

On what would have been the groundbreaking musician's 58th birthday, a reflection on his final chord.

Friday, June 3 2016

Faintly Androgynous and Pathologically Disturbed

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.

Island Life: Alexi Kaye Campbell’s ‘Sunset at the Villa Thalia’, National Theatre

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

Sexing Up Brecht: The National Theatre’s New Version of ‘The Threepenny Opera’

Some fine performances bring Brechtian bite to Rufus Norris’s otherwise disappointing new production of The Threepenny Opera.

Thursday, May 26 2016

Consider the Troll

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.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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