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  • 3 days ago | Stage

    A beekeeper and an academic meet at a barbecue. That’s what happens in the opening scene of Nick Payne’s brazenly unconventional play Constellations, and it’s the only certainty he provides, the only concrete plot point we can latch onto. The rest...

  • 1 month ago | Stage

    The Toxic Avenger is one of the greatest bad movies of all time. It's a film best appreciated after hours, in a dorm room, and under the influence of something. It's also the signature title in the durable canon of B-movie distributor Troma — a st...

  • 2 months ago | Stage

    Emily and Amir, the couple at the center of Ayad Akhtar's combustible tragicomedy Disgraced, live well. They reside in an enviable apartment on New York's Upper East Side, with, per the script, "high ceilings, parquet floors, crown molding — the w...

  • 2 months ago | Stage

    "You may not believe it, but there are people who go through life with very little friction or distress." This is how Charles Bukowski opens "The Aliens," a poem that succinctly captures the mindset of the world's tortured, anxious, depressed thro...

  • 3 months ago | Stage

    When the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan in March 2011, plenty of people filmed it and posted the footage. It takes a strong constitution to finish watching even one of those YouTube videos, which conjure a surreal apocalypse more h...

  • 3 months ago | Stage

    What is money, really? You may think you know the answer, and you could probably produce a few bills as proof. But physical currency is on its way out, like the printing presses that produce it. Money today is an ephemeral thing, as invisible as r...


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