December is an expensive time to be single

Originally published in the Washington Post View this story online January is a month of disciplined eating for many attempting to drop extra pounds gained during two months of holiday parties and dinners. But for Lauren Peckman, four weeks of … Continue reading


Is he interested in me, or does he just want Hamilton tickets?

Originally published in the Washington Post View this story online Dating is rarely easy, but it was a lot easier for me before 2015. Not because I was younger, thinner or less cynical. Rather it’s because, before 2015, “Hamilton” had not yet … Continue reading


Of Thee I Sing Star Bryce Pinkham on Current Events, Corn Muffins and Carnegie Hall

Originally published on The Huffington Post View this story online “Apparently, we’re all chasing corn muffins,” Bryce Pinkham laughed, before adding in a more serious tone, “Hopefully not for much longer.” The Tony-nominated actor, known for his performances in A Gentleman’s … Continue reading


“No Fatties”: When Health Care Hurts

Originally published on Longreads.com View this story online A fat person walking into a doctor’s office can expect lectures, condescension, and misdiagnoses from a medical culture that chalks every health issue up to weight. Kasey Smith began gaining weight as … Continue reading


Women’s Struggles Continue Post-Apocalypse in Zoe Kazan’s New Play

According to Kazan’s compelling After the Blast, progress for women is moving slower than we think. In this post-apocalyptic play, directed with clarity and compassion by Lila Neugebauer for Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater, years have passed since an environmental disasterforced people … Continue reading


The Personal Is Political in {my lingerie play}

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The need for “safe spaces” has been written about endlessly in the press. Some espouse the belief that people, especially disenfranchised minorities, need and deserve places where they can share … Continue reading


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Paula Is Serving Up Sweet Revenge and Cathartic Rage

Originally published on Vanity Fair Hollywood View this story online Star Donna Lynne Champlin talks Paula’s groundbreaking past—especially that abortion arc—and what’s coming next in Season 3. When Donna Lynne Champlin sat down for lunch with the writers of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend prior to filming … Continue reading


Yearning for Neverland in For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online   The program notes state that Ruhl wrote For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday as a gift to her mother, Katherine, who played Peter Pan as a teenager in Davenport, Iowa. The … Continue reading


A Clockwork Orange Bulges With Muscles and Ideas

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online No matter where the audience looks during A Clockwork Orange, male muscles are visible–flexing, tensing, and bulging. The current off-Broadway production of the late Anthony Burgess’ stage adaptation of his dystopian … Continue reading


It Girl: Introducing Sophia Lillis, Heart and Soul of the Losers’ Club

Originally published on Vanity Fair Hollywood View this story online Facing puberty is bad enough—but try doing that while also juggling an absent mother, a disturbing father, and an amorphous, shape-shifting evil spirit that’s terrorizing your town. None of this … Continue reading