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This hilarious, transgressive détournement of “Hamlet”—written by James Ijames and the recipient of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize—shifts the play’s setting to North Carolina and replaces European angst with Black American joy. There is no theatrical experience in Los Angeles more

In Bertrand Bonello’s THE BEAST—an endlessly fascinating three-part puzzle—we first encounter Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) and Louis (George MacKay) near the end of the Belle Époque, strolling through a Paris vernissage, playing a parlor game of “do you remember?”

Since the beginning of his career, Cédric Rivrain has used the portrait as his principal subject of study whether he creates portraits of friends, family, or imaginary people. In that sense Rivrain’s artistic practice is very much anchored in the

I became a fan of alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman the very moment I listened to his music for the first time. His album with the Senegalese hip-hop band Sélébéyone, his opus with his trio and Craig Taborn, The

“I’ve always said that writers know less about the real world than just about anyone else.” That’s writer-director Andrew Haigh, speaking through one of the characters in his latest feature ALL OF US STRANGERS, a mood and memory piece of breathtaking

“The world—this world—is obsessed with everything about you.” So says an interviewer to Leonard Bernstein in his prime and so it was in mid-to-late-twentieth-century American culture, when novelists and essayists and Broadway composers and even great conductors could hold the center

It starts with a music loop, a hypnotic sound that fills REDCAT’s darkened theater. From this obscurity forms slowly emerge, four bodies turning on themselves, as if in a trance. They are dancing to the beats and the whispers of

Swooning under the possibilities inherent in poetic thought transformed by performance as a means of projection into other worlds, other lives—“literature-sickness,” in the words of one character—the voices in the film ORLANDO: MY POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY release the Woolf classic from

“Boney Manilli,” Edgar Arceneaux’s dark comedy with music, was inspired by the tragic story of Milli Vanilli. The play’s main character, Edgar (Alex Barlas), is an artist tormented by self-doubt, frustration, and the unbearable feeling that he is an imposter.

What do we see when we look into Franz Rogowski’s eyes, when we watch him watching? A desired presence, a short fuse of insolence, a shortcut to transgression—the double-edged trap of audience expectations are high whenever he appears on the