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Linguist John McWhorter explains the reasons (such as our language's mongrel origins) in this Lexicon Valley podcast.
Linguist John McWhorter gives a rundown of what we know about how Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and their fellow spoke. (podcast)
"Across America, on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, the races were kept separate at the theater. Black people sat apart in the upper galleries or were excluded entirely, by custom and, i…
The dissembling liar at the center of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. The hit Broadway musical is testament to the power of skillfully crafted art to obscure moral concerns.
David Levesley follows the development of Paul Lucas's play "Trans Scripts" on its journey from workshop to Edinburgh Fringe to American Repertory Theater. Special focus on the importance o…
How Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
If, like me, you work in theater and spend a lot of time procrastinating on social media, you’ve probably seen many of your friends ranting about small minded academic quislings fact-check…
“It’s still white history. And no amount of casting people of color disguises the fact that they’re erasing people of color from the actual narrative.”
Earlier this week, the cast of Hamilton gave a student workshop and a performance at the White House, and Barack and Michelle Obama gave the musical’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda,…
In my mind (if you’re reading, Mr. Miranda), the silver screen Hamilton adaptation plants the soul of the show into the body of Paul Schrader’s florid and flowing Mishima: A Life in Four…
#Ham4Ham, the joyous, free sidewalk performances outside Hamilton that are stoking the passions of a new generation of theater lovers.
The glorious, entertaining, phony, doomed reign of Broadway reporter Michael Riedel.
The long, fruitful, and tortured relationships Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and MGM.
Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for more than 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Telsey talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how d…
The iconic pop star reflects on life as a teenage sensation and the years she’s spent since getting to know herself.
At 39, Jordan Roth is one of the most powerful men in the New York theater world. As president and majority shareholder in Jujamcyn Theaters, he controls five Broadway houses, making him the…
How to turn a movie into a musical.
No, really, break it. We need more violence onstage.
The tale of the ongoing catastrophe of the mega-musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark keeps getting deeper and richer.
Is the most ambitious new musical of the Broadway season racist? You could get that impression from reading the press coverage of The Scottsboro Boys, a wildly entertaining coda to the rich.…
The fine art of the musical episode.
Is the most ambitious new musical of the Broadway season racist?
Spider-Man is a wild, sexed-up, Greek mythologized train wreck. But it's Julie Taymor's train wreck, through and through.
My Week of London Theatergoing
In The Year of Magical Thinking, the writer picks on herself.
For every generation, there is a musical.
The new play about the Green Bay Packers coach is more interested in the myth than the man.
Al Pacino makes it safe to hate Shylock again.
In praise of Denis O'Hare.