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News, interviews, and commentary on theater, the arts, music, and dance.

Last Build Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

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Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:58 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.

Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:07:01 -0500

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.

'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:33:00 -0400

Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.

Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:29:00 -0400

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide.

She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:23:05 -0400

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf grew up watching bootleg videos of Roseanne Barr and Jerry Seinfeld. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundamentalists.

An American Comic In Canada

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:07:08 -0400

During a recent visit to Vancouver, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with American comedian Erik Griffin about what performing stand-up has been like during the Trump administration.

'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:00:16 -0400

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy answers.

In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:14:32 -0400

A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.

Film 'Te Ata' Tells Real Life Story Of Prolific Native American Performer

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:55:26 -0400

Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers ever.

Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:12:00 -0400

For decades, Johnny Fox has been a beloved figure at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Even as he battles serious health problems, Fox is back on stage this fall, thanks to support from friends.

Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:08:00 -0400

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly planned the play, then quietly dropped it from the schedule. Now, it's finally getting its U.S. premiere.

Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0400

Jason De León, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Derek Peterson are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, which honors "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals."

Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop'

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:14:00 -0400

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:54:00 -0400

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times report alleging that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.