Voices

Rob Weinert-Kendt, an arts journalist and editor of American Theatre magazine, has written for The New York Times and Time Out New York

Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York, Sept. 2011 (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtAugust 02, 2017
While Shepard's plays would absorb different rhythms and influences, their essence and voice were unmistakably his—our—own.
Oscar Isaacs as Hamlet (photo: The Public Theatre)
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtJuly 27, 2017
In a bewildering new staging at The Public Theater, Oscar Isaac is giving a rich, riveting lead turn as the dubious Danish prince.
Daniel Oreskes, Michael Aronov, and Anthony Azizi (foreground) with Daniel Jenkins and Jeb Kreager (background). Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtJune 22, 2017
Like all the best historical narratives, “Oslo” shows the intense fragility and contingency of human affairs
"Sweat" by Lynn Nottage won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama (photo: Joan Marcus).
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtJune 13, 2017
"Sweat" tells the story of steelworkers whose long friendship unravels as their livelihood is threatened by free trade and immigration.
Jake Gyllenhaal in "Sunday in the Park with George" (photo: Matthew Murphy)
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtMarch 01, 2017
A good Sondheim show has the sinewy strength, both musically and dramatically, to thrive in the barest of renderings.
The cast of "Jitney" at Manhattan Theatre Club (photo: Joan Marcus)
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtFebruary 07, 2017
Since he died in 2005, Wilson's stature has only increased, with his name regularly appearing on annual lists of the nation’s most-produced playwrights.
Arts & Culture Film
Rob Weinert-KendtDecember 23, 2016

Is the form that defined mid-century American songcraft condemned to sputter along on the fumes of jukebox musicals and high-gloss family fare?

Falsettos
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtNovember 23, 2016
How the theater helps us to survive, and to challenge, politics
Arts & Culture Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtOctober 13, 2016
That is, if the promise of the New Testament is to be true that we might transcend our thorniest divisions.
EMOTIONAL SEESAW. Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois and Ben Foster as Stanley Kowalski.
Theater
Rob Weinert-KendtMay 06, 2016
It is hard to imagine two more different writers or plays, but these two new stagings offer instructive contrasts.