Curtains Up on Feuding Cosmetics Queens in “War Paint

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 Rubinstein, it doesn’t abide by this essential rule of beauty. … 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

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 America. But irony is hardly the lasting impression left … 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 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


Originally published in Paste magazine View this story online Blame it on Donald Trump, but this critic was not enthralled by spending 2 ½ hours watching yet another story about a childish, sexually entitled man crashing (uninvited) into people’s lives … Continue reading

The Tempest Turned Upside Down In Brooklyn

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The struggles to control people and the situations surrounding them, and the dynamics between masters and those they enslave, are integral to Shakespeare’s canon—as they are to American citizens these … Continue reading