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.
A scene from “Junk” (photo: Lincoln Center Theater)
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
Three plays invite us to look back on the decade that launched Trump as a time of churning ambivalence and upheaval.
Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York, Sept. 2011 (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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Rob Weinert-Kendt
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)
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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 & CultureTheater
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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).
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"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)
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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 & CultureTheater
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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 & CultureFilm
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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
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How the theater helps us to survive, and to challenge, politics
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Rob Weinert-Kendt
That is, if the promise of the New Testament is to be true that we might transcend our thorniest divisions.