‘Hamilton,’ The Alexander Hamilton Story Told Through Rap, Wins Big at the Obie Awards

Hamilton, the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life told through rap and R&B songs, won best new American theater work… Read More

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How Shakespeare’s Heroines Evolved From One-Dimensional to Feminist

It’s the Bard’s birthday! Some celebrate the day by inserting “thee”s and “forsooth”s into their speech, and others by gathering Shakespeare’s quips and aphorisms. But there’s another way to honor his legacy, and that is to take a look at his treatment of women, which might be very instructive to some of our more boorish and misogynist culture creators today. Shakespeare was once just like them, but he evolved into something far greater. … Read More

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Three Women Walk Into a Half-Naked Comedy Show About Rape…

Adrienne Truscott’s one-woman show Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! is part burlesque performance-art, part stand-up comedy act, part feminist conversation-piece. But if there’s one thing the self-described evening of rape jokes is not, it’s shy. … Read More

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From Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ to ‘It Follows': Tracing the Evolution of STD as Metaphor

When Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts — whose main characters include adulterers, syphilitics, and, worst of all, cowardly priests — first premiered in 1882, it elicited an uncannily perfect critical response. The play, which is a virulent attack on the hypocritical moralities of the devout Victorian Norwegian bourgeoisie, had detractors competing to embody that which it critiqued: the surprisingly uncritical rush to stifle public (and blasphemous forms of private) sexuality. These responses to the play were so condemnatory that you’d think Ibsen had catapulted used, syphilis-smeared condoms into the audience. … Read More

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star as Florist/Murderer Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at New York’s City Center

Jake Gyllenhaal proved, with Nightcrawler, his aptitude for playing horrific dweebs. (Of course, across his very full resume — to… Read More

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The ‘Groundhog Day’ Broadway Musical Is Real, and Is Coming in Early 2017

Talking about a Groundhog Day musical feels like something out of Groundhog Day itself — Broadway is so overloaded with musical adaptations of films that… Read More

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David Bowie is Co-Writing an Off-Broadway Musical Based on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

The New York Times reports that David Bowie is returning to theater. In the 1980s, he played the title role in… Read More

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Jason Alexander Will Take Over for Larry David on Broadway

It’s a big day for Seinfeld-related pop culture news. First we got word that Julia Louis-Dreyfus may be … Read More

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Carole King Stage Musical ‘Beautiful’ Is Being Made into a Biopic

Sony is turning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, based on the life of the eponymous singer-songwriter, into a biopic. Like… Read More

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