Thinking About Theater

Should Kristin Chenoweth Play Paul Robeson? (Part II)
Ethnicity, gender, and the complexities of casting.
Should Kristin Chenoweth Play Paul Robeson?
How ethnicity and gender have complicated casting.
An Outspoken Critic Provokes Visions of Stages Past and Present
In the 1930s, London theater journalist James Agate discovered America.
Bad News and (Maybe) Better Plays (Part II)
Ayad Akhtar's plays shed some light on our dark times.
Bad News and (Maybe) Better Plays
The news prompts dark reflections on plays that might shed some light.
Staying Power and the Power to Leave (Part II)
Why a critic can — but mostly shouldn't — walk out at intermission.
Staying Power and the Power to Leave
Why shows can be — but shouldn't be — walked out of.
Talking of Turkeys (Part II)
How to tell a legendary disaster from a simple flop.
Talking of Turkeys
The holiday season summons recollections of flops past.