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A Heaven of Invention

A Heaven of Invention

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Joseph Papp’s mission in 1957 was to bring Shakespeare to everyone, and 60 years later that spirit lives on in the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit that brings professional productions to locations around the city. Papp believed that culture — and especially theater — belongs to everyone, and the Mobile Unit has toured […]

Pregnant Pause

Pregnant Pause

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | You might think that a play about a world where women are extinct would smack of misogyny. But Robert O’Hara’s wild, politically charged satire “Mankind” turns out to be highly sympathetic toward the female gender. The men, it soon becomes clear, are desperately lost without them. Both written and directed by O’Hara […]

Two Hits and One Big Miss

Two Hits and One Big Miss

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | When Robert O‘Hara’s “Bootycandy” opened at Playwrights Horizons last year, it seemed like a bunch of sketches in search of a play. Yes, there was a theme in the challenges of being black and gay in a largely unwelcoming culture, but despite some fine writing and incisive observational comedy it was […]

Raucous Realness

Raucous Realness

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The boisterous and raunchy “Bootycandy,” Robert O’Hara’s latest work now at Playwrights Horizons, registers less as a fully formed play and more like a live sketch comedy show — think “In Living Color” (minus the Fly Girls) as presented by HBO. Even O’Hara admitted the satiric portrait of sexual awakening and […]