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Movie Time: Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning ‘The Flick’ Transfers to the National Theatre

Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.

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Not a Common Man: Duncan Sheik and the Crafting of an American (and London) Pyscho

After winning a Tony for his work on Spring Awakening, pop craftsman Sheik now tackles bringing American Psycho to the stage.

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Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Les Blancs’ Gets Extraordinary Production at National Theatre

The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic.

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A Curiously Hollow Horror Show: ‘Cleansed’ at the National Theatre

Over-stylised and strangely unaffecting, Katie Mitchell’s staging of Sarah Kane’s controversial play yields mixed results.

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David Mamet and Al Pacino’s ‘China Doll’ Rat-a-Tats Without the Tat

There's an interesting play somewhere in the thin structure of China Doll, but not even a dutiful performance by Al Pacino can bring it to life.

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Edouard Bourdet’s Lesbian Play, ‘The Captive’, Was Certainly Captive of its Time

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home isn't the first lesbian themed work of art to garner acclaim and controversy; 90 years ago, The Captive set the precedent.

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The Thunderbolt of Change: ‘Angels in America’ and the Marriage Equality Victory

Complicated, fabulous and deeply progressive, Angels in America may be more pressing and relevant in the time of SCOTUS' decision on marriage equality than it was during the height of the AIDS crises.

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The Hays Code Nightmare Has Come True. Ain’t That Grand?

The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.

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The Politics of Performance: Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

Like many avant-gardists before them, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping view their performances not as an artistic practice or profession, but as an orientation toward life.

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For All the Misfits and the Losers: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Brings the Underdog to Broadway

That Hedwig is claiming so much success without losing its more challenging aspects and picking up “quadruple threat” Neil Patrick Harris in the process is nothing short of a miracle.

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Shakespeare’s Wit and Humor, Pathos and Anger Remains Vital, 450 Years After His Birth

As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.

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A Cirque Du Soleil Performance in Hollywood Evokes Memories of the Circus of Hollywood

What do Dracula, The Pink Panther, Rocky Horror, The Exorcist, Thomas Edison and Danny Elfman have to do with Cirque Du Soleil? The Next Reel explores the 'Two Billion Nickelodeon'.

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20 Jan 2013 // 11:08 PM

Verily Remixing: An Interview with Duncan Sheik

After conquering the pop charts, the Tony Awards, and a nice set of noted 80s covers, Duncan Sheik sets his sights on a new frontier: remixes. Sitting down with PopMatters, he talks about the album, American Psycho, and what lies ahead for the power pop enigma ...

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In Praise of Black Minstrelsy’s Happy Darkies on Parade

Is black minstrelsy a celebration of noxious stereotypes or an important part of American culture? Or both?

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13 Sep 2012 // 11:10 PM

Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop

An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years.

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O Captain! My Captain! Going Where No Octogenarian Has Gone Before

As "Bill" explores the meaninglessness of celebrity, "Shatner" embraces the shallow and the superficial like an Andy Warhol soup can come to life.

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Voluntary Amnesia in ‘Dollhouse’ and ‘Pygmalion’

Long before Dollhouse's Echo submitted herself to five years of memory loss, Eliza Doolitle of Pygmalion experimented with some personal tabula rasa.

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Celebrity and the Celebration of Art: The Transformation of Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s body of work is impressive. So what has previously prevented his transformation from a highly talented, sought-after actor to bona fide international celebrity?

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National Theatre Live Shocks ‘Frankenstein’ Back to Life

Why did you create me? The plaintive question adorning National Theatre Live posters may echo critics’ question about the need for yet another in a long line of Frankensteins. Previous Frankensteins and monsters have been entertaining but less socially relevant. The National Theatre’s production, as directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, to use a cliché, is Alive!

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Sneak Peek at ‘The Book of Mormon’

South Park creators and societal scab-pickers Trey Parker and Matt Stone are fascinated by Mormonism. A few weeks before official previews were set to begin, the creators of The Book of Mormon opened the doors to their rehearsal space and gave writers a sneak peek. Here's what we saw.

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Hitchcock's 'Suspicion', 'I Confess' and 'The Wrong Man' Return in Blu-ray

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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