Reality Theater: The crazy-quilt that is FringeNYC is darker and bolder than ever before

At 19, the New York International Fringe Festival has come of age. The sprawling fest, know Comments (3)

Terry Baum on Lorena Hickok  

Talking to the Oregonian last year, Ken Burns said his 14-hour documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” was just that, “an intimate history, not a tabloid history." Comments (4)

From the 50th State to the Fringe  

What inspired Yilong Liu to write “Joker?” Comment

Documenting the Sudan

Wim Wenders told me earlier this year that he insists on framing poor people attractively; this granted them a measure of dignity, he argued. Comment

Crimes of the Art  

Even a cursory reading of history reveals that the story of slave trader turned evangelist John Newton as portrayed in the new musical “Amazing Grace” is incorrect. The show posits that, as a result of a spiritual experience in the middle of a near-shipwreck, Newton became a devout Chri Comment

Dolan's "Tom at the Farm" Fails to Engage  

Gay Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s fourth film, “Tom at the Farm,” was made in 2013, but it is getting a belated release now. While fans of the director’s work (or completists) may feel compelled to see this pretentious thriller about Tom (Dolan), a gay man visiting his late boyfriend’s family, most viewers should steer cle Comments (1)

Oh, Donna! The evergreen “A Chorus Line” legend at 54 Below

With all the white hot fever surrounding the Broadway opening of “Hamilton,” I can’t help flashing back to another monster hit that made this same journey from the Public Theater — “A Chorus Line.” Comment

Virginal and Marginal: the Operatic Heroine as Outsider

Most operatic heroines are defined by their romantic relationships with men. In the 20th century, new operatic Comment

Purrfectly Amusing

If you want to be successfully silly, you have to be really smart. And David Hanbury qualifies on both counts. His new show, “Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular,” is the perfect diversio Comments (1)


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