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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.
Brandon Micheal Hall, LaChanze and Chuck Cooper in Roundabout Theatre Company's “Trouble in Mind” (photo: Joan Marcus)
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Can Black writers flourish in a marketplace dictated by white tastes?
Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez star in a scene from the movie ‘West Side Story.’ (CNS photo/Niko Tavernise, 20th Century Studios)
Arts & CultureFilm
Rob Weinert-Kendt
What this quintessential stage musical needed, apparently, was a thoroughgoing cinematic makeover.
Arts & CultureFilm
Rob Weinert-Kendt
“Tick, Tick … Boom!” is also a soul-deep tribute by Lin-Manuel Miranda to an artist who inspired him at a formative age.
Kate Winselt in ‘Mare of Easttown,’ Sarah Lancashire in ‘Happy Valley’ and Olivia Coleman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’ (photos: HBO/BBC/ITV)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
These shows shine an intimate, even glaring light on humanity in its less flattering manifestations.
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?