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? […]
April 7, 2017
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?
November 11, 2016
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April 8, 2016
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.
February 26, 2016
“Heaven knows we are never allowed to forget that the personality doesn’t exist anymore.” — Doris Lessing, “The Golden Notebook,” read […]
January 24, 2016
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 […]
January 22, 2016
“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.
September 25, 2015
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?
April 24, 2015
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.
March 6, 2015
“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.
February 27, 2015
“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.
February 20, 2015