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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:35 -0400Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:21:00 -0400It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's society.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:00 -0400New York artist Jo Lampert just landed her first major role: Joan in David Byrne's new rock opera based on Joan of Arc. With her androgynous appearance and bluesy voice, Lampert seems like a good fit.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:25:39 -0400Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. Kander spoke to Terry Gross in 1991 and 2015.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:29:42 -0500The female comedian would write a joke and have it typed on an index card and put in a file. Now at the Smithsonian, volunteers are digitizing the cards one at a time.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0500Nevermind the superhero stories; after his wife died, Oswalt wasn't motivated to channel his loss into fitness or crime fighting. He says so far push-ups have not been a part of his grieving process.
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:01:17 -0500The revival of playwright Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit" reminds us that clothes and garments have long been the site upon which bigots can project their prejudices and fears.
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 07:41:00 -0500A nonprofit wants you to know that the circus is more than ringmasters and lion tamers — it's also an avant-garde art form.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:31:00 -0500The musical was inspired by Asad Abdullahi, who, as a child, embarked on a perilous journey through Africa. "It's sort of a Greek epic in its proportions," says director Mark Dornford-May.