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.
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.
Madison Cunningham (photo: Claire Marie Vogel)
Arts & CultureMusic
Rob Weinert-Kendt
The singer-songwriter is light years away from the praise music she grew up playing with her dad.
Fiona Apple in 2015 (Wikimedia Commons/Sachyn Mital)
Arts & CultureMusic
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Apple’s new album feels like a sustained performance, dense with emotion and observation.
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in ‘Better Call Saul’ (photo: AMC)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
For a few remarkable seasons, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” seemed not only as good as its predecessor, but in some ways arguably better.