Staceyann Chin on Art, Activism, and Raising a Free Black Girl

 Staceyann Chin is a force of nature. A mother, playwright, poet, and activist, she manages to weave all of her passions into her work....more

Chicago Play 'Lines in the Dust' Takes on Families and Residency Fraud in Public Schools.

It would be a disservice to relegate the play Lines in the Dust as a compulsory offering of social protest fiction and bandwagon outpour, seeking attention on entitlement that audiences passively care about its themes and subjects to indict structural racism in America....more

Funnel Cake Flowers and The Urban Chameleons at NYC International Fringe Festival

Remember the choose your own adventure novels of our youth? With a technolgical twist, Atlanta based artist and comedian Haj leads audiences down a more urban path when her multimedia stage production Funnel Cake Flowers and the Urban Chameleons returns to New York City as a part of the 2015 New York International Film Festival running August 19-26....more

A Conversation with Elisabeth Moss on Going from Screen to Stage, Feminism and the End of 'Mad Men'

The Heidi Chronicles is a play that was written in 1988 by the legendry, now-deceased playwright Wendy Wasserstein. It traces 25 years in a woman named Heidi’s life, starting with her days as a teenager in high school and then at Yale, studying art history, graduate school in Chicago, and finally life as a adult in New York City where she ends up living amongst the people who spanned the course of her life.   ...more

Zen at the Art of Theater Reviewing

The other night I had this great zen moment at a performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace."When I have write a review for the paper, I always show up to the show notebook in hand and follow through by scribbling feverishly throughout the performance.C asked my what I write about and I explained that I mostly jot down adjectives describing the performers, the set, and the costumes but that's not entirely true, I also write down dialogue because you need at least one good quote in a review....more

Blue Roses, Tennessee Williams and Alice Caviness

I was lucky enough to purchase some earrings the other day at the Salvation Army that are signed Alice Caviness. Alice was a costume jewelry designer who rates up there with Else Schiaparelli, Hattie Carnegie, Nettie Rosenstein, et al. These are killer, clip-ons from the 50s. What really kills me about them is that the centerpiece is a porcelain disk with a blue rose decal on it. ...more

Theater Lingo and Lore

I have made a discovery.  Usually, I'm a porr Discoverer, but this one is good. People like catch phrases. Personally, I don't think I have a catch phrase, but most people do.  One place that has an above average number of catch phrases is the theater.  Seriously. ...more