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In 1985, after decades of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev assembled for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. These men, representing two of the world’s superpowers, sat in cream-colored armchairs; once the photographers had captured the occasion on film, only interpreters were […]

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Few tales of fiction can match the improbable rags-to-riches stories of cosmetic giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Emerging from modest means, each would find initial success in the still-nascent industry of women’s skincare products by promising eternal youth and beauty to respectable women of the middle class—women already intrigued by other signs of post-World […]

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If by definition a provocateur is one who “causes discussion, thought or argument,” then playwright Thomas Bradshaw is certainly one of the most provocative writers now working. In Mary, his inaugural Goodman production in 2011, his comic depiction of a white Southern family, their devoted black servants and the gay son whose attempts to bring […]

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How do we define beauty? By most standards, “beauty” is largely an external phenomenon, the quality of being physically attractive—although the standards of physical beauty may vary greatly from culture to culture and generation to generation. Webster’s Dictionary contains a second definition for the word, one that encompasses not only one’s outer being but the […]

About the Plays| Spotlight

It begins innocuously enough. A young, upwardly mobile Wall Street attorney (and lapsed Muslim) and his beautiful, idealistic (and Caucasian) artist wife are throwing a small dinner party for a similarly successful couple, a Jewish art curator (who’s about to feature his hostess’ paintings in a new show) and his African American wife, another rising […]

About the Plays| Spotlight

In a world in which many things (including plays) are easily categorized, Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth is a delightful anomaly. At first glance, it’s a dark parody of such late ‘70s family sitcoms as The Brady Bunch, replete with shag carpeting, lacquered hairstyles and uneasy family dinners. Beneath its chrome-and-plastic surface, though, the play […]