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. He writes a blog called The Wicked Stage.
Murray Bartlett, Jolene Purdy, Natasha Rothwell, Lukas Gage in ‘The White Lotus’ (photograph by Mario Perez/HBO)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
The show’s true subject is nothing less than spiritual sickness, fueled by the existential dread of folks with no material wants who nevertheless don’t know what to do with their lives or how to spend them happily with each other.
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Transcendent, communal moments like these, so long denied us by this still raging pandemic, have been worth the wait, and they are more than worth the trouble.
Cora (Thuso Mbedu) in ‘Underground Railroad’ (photo: Kyle Kaplan/Amazon Studios) 
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
The series executes a breathtaking high-wire act, threading speculative fiction a history most of us still do not know well enough.
Arts & CultureBooks
Rob Weinert-Kendt
The highest tribute I can offer this biography is that it is not unlike a Nichols film itself: incisive, dense with detail yet somehow brisk.
Police stand outside of Wrigley Field. (Chicago Story Film, LLC)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
For true Chicagoans, theirs is the greatest American city, and also the one most in need of change.
Photo of Will Arbery, upper left, and “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” upper right, courtesy Playwrights Horizon. Bottom photo: Catholic News Service
Arts & CultureInterviews
Rob Weinert-Kendt
“There’s a war coming, dude,” says one character to another in “Heroes of the Fourth Turning.” Was she right?
Joni Mitchell strums guitar outside the The Revolution Club, London, England, Sept. 17, 1968 (Alamy).
Arts & CultureMusic
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Like a master painter’s sketchbooks, “Archives” is uniquely revealing of the roots of Joni Mitchell’s distinctive voice both as a singer and a writer.
Viola Davis as Ma Rainey in ”Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” (David Lee/Netflix).
Arts & CultureFilm
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Chadwick Boseman also appears in his final performance before his untimely death.
Marcin Dorocinski as Vasily Borgov and Anya Taylor-joy as Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit” (Phil Bray/Netflix).
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Chess isn’t just a game, it’s also a handy metaphor—for braininess, for power, for geopolitical strategy.
Joshua Caleb Johnson and Ethan Hawke in “The Good Lord Bird” on Showtime. (CNS photo/William Gray, Showtime)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
‘The Good Lord Bird’ runs straight to the heart of America’s most toxic contradictions.