For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start

For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, the narrator of “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” whose performance as Lena Younger in the 2014 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” received a Tony Award nomination, sees the character of Beneatha, Lena’s adult daughter, as ahead...
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Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer

Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer

We are taught from childhood, if we’re lucky, that individuals are never merely the sum of their biological and sociological parts. But I have rarely seen a warmer or more engaging example of this defiance of statistics than “Panorama,” which...
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Review: One Vote for ‘Victoria’ Over ‘The Crown’

Review: One Vote for ‘Victoria’ Over ‘The Crown’

Ms. Goodwin stays true to her conception of Victoria as a combination of coquettish flibbertigibbet, tough proto-feminist and compassionate, perhaps too-good-to-be-true liberal humanist. She recoils when labeled “pleasingly fecund,” suffers through a bout ...
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Arab and Coming Out in Art That Speaks Up

Arab and Coming Out in Art That Speaks Up

Several gay or lesbian artists working in both the West and in the Middle East said they did not wish to be interviewed for this article. Among those in the 2015 Leslie-Lohman exhibit was the Lebanese artist Omar Mismar. Within...
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James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

What’s required to keep a show going for that long? As many twists and turns as one can provide. When I first read the script, at the end I realized I knew less about the character than when I first...
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Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

You wouldn’t guess that from the opening of “Haircut,” in which a professionally logorrheic barber entertains a new customer with tales of life in his two-bit town. There’s this practical joker, you see, and this gal who won’t give him...
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Design Review: When Wall Street Was Unoccupied

Design Review: When Wall Street Was Unoccupied

If you want to see the true ethos of 1990s Manhattan, though, it’s the unrealized projects in “Millennium” that speak loudest. Along with Kaplan, the architect James Sanders proposed a retrofitting of Liberty Plaza Park (now Zuccotti Park, the site...
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Robert Caro and Carnegie Hall: Revisiting the ’60s

Robert Caro and Carnegie Hall: Revisiting the ’60s

“People talk a lot about the ’60s,” Mr. Caro said, “but they don’t really realize what they are.” This week he talked about the festival, the decade and the homestretch of his biography. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation....
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How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

Early in her career, Dalia Messick, a cartoonist struggling to get her work published, got a couple pieces of advice from the head of the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate’s secretary. First, change your character’s profession, she said. And secondly...
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The Carpetbagger: Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy

The Carpetbagger: Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy

At Golden Globes after-parties, several women involved in Time’s Up said that while their activist work would carry on strong, they didn’t know (or perhaps weren’t willing to say) what may be in store for the Oscars. There is no...
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How Graffiti Artists Used iPhones and Paint to Transform the Beatles’ Ashram

How Graffiti Artists Used iPhones and Paint to Transform the Beatles’ Ashram

The street artist Miles Toland has dedicated his career to “finding the beauty in the decay,” as he puts it on his website. In 2016, he got an irresistible invitation: Would he like to come to Rishikesh, India, and cover...
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