My First Time With “The Vagina Monologues” – Co-Op Theatre East’s Immersive Production Leaves Me Wanting More

It was my first time with The Vagina Monologues. And it was fantastic. Somehow, despite my years of writing about theater, I had never seen Eve Ensler’s famous play about women, sexuality, and violence against both of them. So when … Continue reading


Survey: Name Your Dream Cast for the “Les Miserables” Revival!

Playbill confirmed today that a new staging of Les Miserables will play Broadway in the spring of 2014. Following the success of the film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, this is hardly a surprise. So let’s get to work casting … Continue reading


“You Like Me, You Like Me Not…” The Paradox of Being Powerful and Well-Liked

I want to be powerful. And what’s more, I want to be respected. Why is that such a crazy thing for me to say? As a hard-working young woman in my late twenties, striving to shape my career, I’ve found … Continue reading


Poll: What is the Best Musical Theater Love Song?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I want to know your favorite love songs from musical theater. Do you go for the classics, like “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific, something a bit more wistful like “Send in the Clowns” from A … Continue reading


“If You Like Feeling Good, You Will Like PUSSYFEST” – An Interview with Playwright and Director Mariah MacCarthy

“It’s complacence that is the enemy, not violence,” says Mariah MacCarthy about activism in today’s culture, and she is out to fight this enemy. MacCarthy is a playwright and founder/director of CAPS LOCK THEATRE, a company dedicated to producing “funny, … Continue reading


Women of Will

“Why would a card-carrying feminist spend all her time with a dead white male?” Why, indeed? The answer, I am happy to report, can be found in Women of Will, Tina Packer’s exploration of women in the Shakespearean canon. Currently … Continue reading


Speakeasy Dollhouse

“Someone else is going to be killed!” “Oh, good!” Such a devil-may-care attitude may be surprising in everyday life, but it is completely suitable for Speakeasy Dollhouse, the immersive theater experience created by Cynthia von Buhler. Inspired by the murder … Continue reading


“Love Never Dies” – Neither Does Sexism in Andrew Lloyed Webber’s Sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera”

SPOILER ALERT I didn’t have high expectations for Love Never Dies, but I still managed to be grossly disappointed. I will admit to being a passionate fan of The Phantom of the Opera when I was a child, and I … Continue reading


Athena Film Festival – Kathryn Kolbert and Melissa Silverstein Talk Film and Feminism

I’m on the phone with two influential women in the entertainment industry. The founders of the Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership that is now in its third year, Kathryn Kolbert and Melissa Silverstein are about to … Continue reading


Mining the Depths of the Human Condition: An Interview with Melisa Annis about “Pit”

“Hiraeth,” a Welsh word that has no translation, provided great inspiration for playwright Melisa Annis. The word represents the feeling of being homesick and longing for one’s homeland, and Annis, who described the feeling of “Hiraeth” as inspiring, said, “The … Continue reading