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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.
Will Dagger and Jamie Brewer in Will Arbery’s new play "Corsicana" (photo: Julieta Cervantes)
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
“Corsicana,” named for the small Texas city in which it is set, is odd and stiff—qualities that are only exacerbated by director Sam Gold’s spare, often awkwardly formal staging.
Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga in ‘Macbeth’ (photo: Joan Marcus)
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Classic plays don’t require updates or new translations to stay fresh, but if they are indeed classics, they can withstand new interpretations.
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Hard truths spill out in the tentative friendship of two men in Samuel D. Hunter's Off Broadway play, “A Case for the Existence of God.”
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
With "Suffs" and "Paradise Square," Broadway offers two new musicals that address the great animating subject of the American musical: America itself.
Arts & CultureBooks
Rob Weinert-Kendt
In “Camera Man,” the critic Dana Stevens uses the biography of the great silent film clown as a lens to explore the early days of movies, the cultural forces that gave them birth and the social upheavals they in turn engendered.
Daniel Zovatto and Mackenzie Davis in “Station Eleven” (photograph by Ian Watson/HBO Max)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
The journey of most of the characters in “Station Eleven” is from self-protective emotional withdrawal to vulnerability and connection.
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.