“Tariq Trotter isa 50-year-old artist in a genre where youth is an asset and middle-aged rappers are rare. His voice is gravelly, though wildly flexible when rhyming. He is noticed in every room he walks into. A brother who pays attention to the way the fedora on his head cuts against his face and has […]
Carvell Wallace on ‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCarney’s Next Acts
Tarell Alvin McCarney’s Broadway debbut,, “Choir Boy,” is a tender coming of age story about a queer Black boy at a prestigious boarding school.
Remembering Ntozake Shange
The poet, novelist, and playwright Ntozake Shange died Saturday, October 27.
I Love Performing Those Songs. But What About the Gender Politics?
After a millennial questions misogynistic aspects of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” actress Melissa Errico — currently starring in a Broadway revival of the show — considers the ways in which she has been able to adjust her portrayals of women in classic, retrograde musicals so that they appear to have more […]
Bernadette Peters Is Not a Child
Even Bernadette Peters, as fearless and as formidable as ever, has been described for decades as cute and naïve.
Tennessee Williams’ Catastrophe of Success
Fame turned the playwright into a “public Somebody” overnight — a crisis that landed him in the hospital.
The Way Theater Worked in 1955
In 1955, playwright Arthur Miller, author of Death of a Salesman, published the essay “The American Theater” in the American travel magazine Holiday. Holiday ran from 1946 and 1977. Joan Didion’s “Notes from a Native Daughter” first appeared in Holiday. Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Paul Bowles and John Steinbeck wrote for it. Though E.B. White’s […]
Mike Nichols: 1931-2014
Mike Nichols, the beloved director of stage and screen—from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate, to Barefoot in the Park and Working Girl— died Nov. 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Here are four pieces on the life of the artist.
Elaine Stritch: 1925-2014
Moving to my home town was a big move for me. I loved all the people I grew up with. For a kind of screwed up broad—I am a little screwed up, because I tried to get myself settled where I tried to feel happy, and the only place I did it in New York […]