Jacob Potash
Staff Reporter
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Drury Isn’t Dreary

Who is the subject of “Really,” a play from which Jackie Sibblies Drury ’03 read at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on Thursday? […]

POTASH: Lady and the Trump

Both Gaga’s acoustic, country-inflected “Joanne” (released Oct. 21 on Interscope) and the Trump campaign showed bad faith. Regressive in the worst way, promising to return us to a simpler past, they are documents in the power of fear to constrict imaginative possibility. But what did they find so corrosive, so disgusting about the present?

Protected: POTASH: The Granny Awards — The Internet and Music’s Vanishing Center

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You’ve Got Matches

Rihanna is having a moment. She has a number one hit single, “Work,” with the infinitely meme-able Drake; her eighth studio album, “Anti,” is number three on the Billboard 200; and, in 48 hours, she acquired almost 80 matches on Tinder in the one-mile radius around Yale.

Calling Papa Mike

“Heaven knows we are never allowed to forget that the personality doesn’t exist anymore.”         — Doris Lessing, “The Golden Notebook,” read […]

Slouching through the City

I went to see “Slouch” with a faith in overcompensation: A play about depressed 30-year-olds in a New York apartment sounds so dull that no […]

God, sex, death: small-town revelation at Yale Cabaret

“Knives in Hens” is set in a kind of primordial human community. This play, I think, is mythic, and maybe symbolic. If I were a theater historian the “isms” would flow. We’ll try this: It was effective.

Far from Black and White

When two black women stood up and left in the middle of the first act of “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992,” Anna Deavere Smith’s fascinating work of documentary theater about the Rodney King race riots, I entertained the possibility that they truly had somewhere to be. Then another pair of black women walked out. What went wrong?

Geniuses, Or Whatever: Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory

WKND caught the founders of Rap Genius in the midst of a big transitional moment: this spring they’ll move into a new 44,000–square foot headquarters, putting to use the $40 million investment they received in July. Tom and Ilan greeted us in slippers, offered us Pellegrino, and invited us to take a seat on their couch.

“Bad Jews” is Good News

“Bad Jews” is a full-blooded modern comedy. Long Wharf Theatre’s new production of the 2012 play by Joshua Harmon runs through March 22 and turns a sharp script into a comic tour de force.

Fallen Angel

“Angels” begins promisingly. A tableau of partiers frozen in red light …a white-winged angel dancing drunkenly around them … an interlude of Los Angeles radio DJ banter as the lights go up on a funny exchange between a pair named Calvin and Helen.