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Why I Did Not Watch 'Hamilton' on Disney+

Just as Disney's Frozen appeared to deliver a message of 21st century girl power, Hamilton hypnotizes audiences with its rhyming hymn to American exceptionalism.

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What the Song Asks For: An Interview with Barb Jungr

Barb Jungr reflects on what draws her to Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel's music, and the creative approaches taken to their work on her new album, Bob, Brel, & Me.

Music

Robert Ashley's 'Private Parts' Remains Hypnotically Inscrutable

The new reissue of American composer Robert Ashley's 1978 quasi-ambient prelude to his later operatic works balances gracefully between quotidian consciousness and graceful profundity in a way that's still not quite like anything else.

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David Ireland's 'Ulster American' Satirizes Oppressive Double Standards

Winner of the coveted Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award in 2018, Ulster American is primed to contribute to societal narratives while lampooning contemporary injustices.

Music

Paved with Good Inventions: Norway's Anja Garbarek on Her Journey Back to Music with 'The Road Is Just a Surface​'

Just beneath Anja Garbarek's deceptively cool and composed music are the raucous emotions of a fevered storyteller, trying desperately to impart an often startling and vicious truth.

Theatre

Making Troy Great Again: On Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cressida' and Trump's Ugly Political Rhetoric

The Trump presidency is Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida made real – only it's stripped of the mythology and just lying bare and ugly for all to see.

Film

The End of Endings: How 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and Don DeLillo's 'Zero K' Explain the Current State of Storytelling

Somehow, without realizing it, for both DeLillo and Rowling, death, the end of the world, and endings themselves are best emblematized by a dysfunctional father/son relationship.

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'Summer' Fever: An Interview with Tony-Nominated Triple Threat Ariana DeBose

Putting the sizzle in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Ariana DeBose charts her own course to Broadway stardom.

Books

Stage to Comics Page: George O'Connor's Adaptation of Adam Rapp's Dystopic Play, 'Ball Peen Hammer'

Adam Rapp's characters have to kill and bag children to earn their keep. How does one depict that on stage and on page?

Film

Tribeca 2018:  'Netizens' and 'Every Act of Life'

These important documentaries about online abuse and the works of Terrence McNally attempt to illuminate empathy and social awareness at a time when it is being woefully ignored.

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'A Tokyo Romance' Is a Timeless Commentary on Cross-cultural Engagement

There's something deeply personal and universalistic about Ian Buruma's writing. He acknowledges the multiplicity of possible perspectives without sliding into the rudderless waters of postmodernism.

Theatre

Back to Bond Street: An Interview with West End Legend Ray Shell

Forty years after Ray Shell left New York for London, the original Rusty in Starlight Express finds his way home to the East Village.

Books

The Understudy: Theatre Historian Charles Duff on His Memoir, ‘Charley's Woods’

An unexpurgated account of an extraordinary life could, in lesser hands, have been a misery memoir. But Duff created a delightful literary work throughout which, even when revisiting the darkness of his past, he sprinkles gaiety and humour.

Music

A Nightly Ritual: Bob Dylan's Never-Changing Set List

Bob Dylan's current show is a book musical without the book, crafted by the American Shakespeare.

Music

Apparat: Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre)

Apparat's musical accompaniment to a German theatre production of War and Peace oscillates from delicate pizzicato to violent squalls of white noise, struggling to find a balance between the two.

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Perfect for Theatre Nerds: 'Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection'

Slings and Arrows gives you three seasons of the New Burbage Theatre Festival, courtesy of some of Canada's finest writing and acting talent.

Books

'Wendy and the Lost Boys' Is Catnip for Wendy Wasserstein's Fans

If you don't share Wendy Wasserstein's obsessions you may wonder what all the fuss is about, but Julie Salamon demonstrates how Wasserstein learned to dramatize her vulnerability to make people like both her and her plays.

Performing Arts

The PopMatters Video Interview: Greg Allen of the Neo-Futurists

"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" is the longest running show in Chicago history, despite the fact that it completely changes every week. PopMatters sits down with Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen for a one-of-a-kind discussion ...

Books

'The Collected Plays of Paul Rudnick': Seven Plays by One of Theatre's Sharpest Wits

At his best, Paul Rudnick writes plays which are hilariously funny while dealing seriously with issues like personal identity, life and death, and religion and morality. At his worst, he’s still pretty damn funny.

Books

'The American Stage' Is Best Enjoyed As Theatre As Literature

A collection of 200-plus years of writing about the American theatre betrays a clear preference for the past over the present.

Books

Reading the Plays of Wendy Wasserstein by Jan Balakian

The works of Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein encapsulated the concerns of a generation of American women.

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The Play That Changed My Life by Ben Hodges

What may have been intended as a collection of essays about how certain playwrights got their start winds up turning into an infectious, joyous love letter to all things theatre.

Books

The Playbill Broadway Yearbook

With generous helpings of both vital information and insider tidbits, this is an impressive resource for the theatre journalist or fan.

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Woyzeck

Because the user can explore the space in real time however he/she desires, the narrative is pieced together at the discretion of the user. The piece becomes a meditation on the narrative form itself.

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Theatre

Henrik Ibsen: The Courage of the Loss of One's Convictions

This collection of Ibsen's plays is something of an event -- one that is not likely to be repeated anytime soon -- worthy of our attention and, perhaps, even our gratitude.


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