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Difficult women collide with serious money in ‘She’

The first satisfying feature of “She” — the group exhibition with the ambitious subtitle of “picturing women at the turn of the 21st century” ­— is its not having been called “Her.” The nominative pronoun seems to promise a feminist inflection, a show that will deliver to us women as ...

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In Jewelry District, a southern sensibility

A recent morning at Succotash, a dining establishment situated along Richmond Street in the Jewelry District, came with an unexpected development. “The water,” the waitress informed us with a casual grin, “is orange.” Alarming? Yes. But honest and delivered with a smile? Also yes. The waitress ...

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‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ in film 50 years later

Political theorist Hannah Arendt’s “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” an account of the trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann that caused a veritable firestorm when it was originally published in 1963, turned 50 last year. The work remains a somewhat explosive text. Arendt’s treatment of the fascist killer ...

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Queens play out cerebral game of thrones

The abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko would seem an unexpected interlocutor in the court politics of Elizabethan England. Not so in Sock and Buskin’s production of “Mary Stuart” —  an enormous reproduction of his work in red, black and gold hangs above the stage. The allusion to post-war ...

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TV in the Golden Age: A Conversation

The red glow of Netflix is a familiar greeting to procrastinators seeking refuge in the warm embrace of “30 Rock.” Online content on demand with no commercial interruptions­ — this is the model of television consumption that has loomed large in public discourse about media over the last year. ...

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‘Hair’ stages tribal hedonism, political disruption

Should you find yourself at Production Workshop this weekend, expect to be touched — literally. This is not meant to alarm. The caresses are encouraging, the embraces gentle. Viewers are also likely to be hit on, laughed at, danced with and offered a joint. But don’t get your hopes up — these ...

The Setonian

Cixous explores the metaphysical

Algerian-born French intellectual Helene Cixous sat down last night and shouted. “First one cries,” she declared to a crowded Friedman Auditorium. “Then one writes.” So began an evening of poetic meditation, literary discourse and personal introspection with one of world literature’s most ...

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‘Sink’ makes waves at PW

Death by drowning is a familiar aesthetic preoccupation. Wading beneath the willow tree with Ophelia, floating with Hokusai in the shadow of Mount Fuji or chasing the white whale with Captain Ahab, readers have been here before. “Drown thyself?” Iago asks in William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” ...

The Setonian
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Freedom Theatre to stage political drama

Persistent violence is not a standard precondition for the growth of an internationally acclaimed theater company. But perhaps military conflict makes urgent the need for theater as a space for ideas about political agency and human dignity to reflect and refract one another. This is the basic belief ...

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