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June 2020

During a pandemic, the play’s still the thing

During a pandemic, the play's still the thing For the Barrington Stage Company in Western Massachusetts, putting on one of the few plays inside an American theatre this summer requires some big changes. "These two seats are available, they're in red - definitely more than six feet between this row [...]

Nine Black Artists and Cultural Leaders on Seeing and Being Seen

  Nine Black Artists and Cultural Leaders on Seeing and Being Seen Amy Sherald, Michael R. Jackson and others discuss the challenges and opportunities of cultivating black audiences and dismantling historically white institutions. Amy Sherald's "Precious Jewels by the Sea" (2019). Credit... © Amy Sherald. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth [...]

May 2020

Why the ‘Brilliant and Improbable’ Musical, A Strange Loop, Deserved Its Pulitzer

Why A Strange Loop-a 'Flawed-But-Who-Cares Masterpiece'-Deserved Its Pulitzer PrizeThough the show takes place entirely inside the mind of its troubled protagonist Usher (brought to life at Playwrights Horizons with mordant charisma by Larry Owens, who just won a richly deserved Lortel Award for his performance), there's a lot going on [...]

April 2020

March 2020

December 2019

“The Fabulous Invalid” Episode 54: Michael R. Jackson: A Strange Loop Podcast

PODCAST: "The Fabulous Invalid" Episode 54: Michael R. Jackson: A Strange Loop On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie are back at Orso Restaurant. They sit down with composer, lyricist, and playwright Michael R. Jackson, creator of "A Strange Loop”, a fantastic new musical that played Off-Broadway last summer. “A [...]

September 2019

The wit of Michael R. Jackson and his ‘A Strange Loop’

Michael R. Jackson’s off-Broadway musical, “A Strange Loop,” just ended a successful run at Playwrights Horizons in New York, presented in association with Page 73. The musical is kind of meta, as Jackson describes it: “‘A Strange Loop’ is a musical about a black man who works as an usher at a [...]