Thinking About Theater

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.
Bert Williams: America's First Black Star (Part II)
A rediscovered film at MoMA prompts reflections on a great artist's extraordinary career.
Bert Williams: America's First Black Star
A rediscovered film at MoMA prompts reflections on a great artist's extraordinary career.