Theater: 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


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


Curtains Up on Feuding Cosmetics Queens in “War Paint

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online When it comes to makeup, experts always say that less is more. Though the new musical War Paint chronicles the rivalry between the groundbreaking cosmetics titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena … Continue reading


Joan of Arc

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online Before Joan of Arc: Into the Fire begins at the Public Theater, the words, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” are projected onto the curtain. While … Continue reading


The Emperor Jones

Originally published in Paste Magazine View this story online The steady beat of tom-toms seems go on for eternity in the breathtakingly realized production of The Emperor Jones at off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly and starring the … Continue reading


How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online Are we just animals? Or are we a different species altogether, one compromised by our animal instincts? That’s one of the questions Sarah Ruhl raises in her ambitious drawing-room comedy … Continue reading


Sunset Boulevard

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online It’s an ironic experience, to say the least, to watch a merciless exploration of fame and its dismissive treatment of women performed by arguably one of the most famous actresses in … Continue reading


The Object Lesson

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online An admittedly anxious person who often copes with stress or uncertainty by cleaning, I was curious as to how I would feel during The Object Lesson. But this cluttered and confusing … Continue reading


Sunday in the Park With George: Jake Gyllenhaal brings the tortured artist to Broadway

Originally published on Mic.com View this story online No one can accuse Jake Gyllenhaal of being a slacker. The Oscar-nominated actor is known for playing intense, perhaps tortured characters: Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac are just a few. His latest role … Continue reading


Escaped Alone

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online In Caryl Churchill’s latest play, four aging women chat away an afternoon. How scary can it be?  The answer, it turns out, is very scary. And, somehow, it’s also quite … Continue reading