Ben Brantley

Ben Brantley's joke about the Broadway musical was deemed transphobic.
Hamilton brings Broadway into new, untested waters. While premium tickets still sell well at some long-runners, the premium
It's hard to imagine this many years later, but I remember seeing the show back then, in the theater's space on 22nd street
Nearly every woman I know has a story of being harassed, followed, threatened, frightened or raped. In 100 percent of these cases these women, however they may have been dressed, whatever state of sobriety or inebriation they were in, whether they were "slatternly" or well-groomed, were not "asking for it."
I should have told interns to aim high. Instead, I flatly rejected your requests to write reviews for me, even at my last
Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.
Playwright Jonathan Tolins' comedic gem has, in addition, supplied me with a new definition of genius -- an artist who can transform the most narcissistic book ever written into a comic masterpiece.
Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.
I have not acted in a legit show on Broadway since A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992, having chosen the not-for-profit route on Broadway or regional for my last four shows. Broadway has changed in the past 21 years and I wanted take a moment to look at that.
Annie's latest commercial is seemingly meant to drive audiences to the Palace Theatre in Times Square. I had to watch the spot back after it ran across the television in order to figure out what was being promoted.
I can honestly say I've witnessed hundreds of thousands of people alternately enthralled, outraged, and emboldened by a theater that is speaking truth. But I'm the Resident Playwright of that theater.
In no time at all Jamie has entered a training program where he is assigned to a middle-aged mentor named Bruce Winston (Oliver
Rather than simply dismissing the Pulitzers as old-fashioned or irrelevant, isn't it worth a further discussion of how the Committee goes about making its choices -- especially when it ignores the nominees of its own Jury?
Hair should be judged on the power of its singing and dancing, not the narrative that strings the two together.
Too often the only review that counts is the Times pronouncement via Ben Brantley or Charles Isherwood. This time Brantley's response was not what's known as "a money notice."
Before and after the Cannes Film Festival, I spent time in London catching up on theater and museums. Here's a roundup, beginning with shows that are still running, so -- if you're headed to Europe...