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There She Is: The Allure of the Beauty Pageant

It’s a familiar image: a young woman, impeccably coiffed, gowned and adorned with a bejeweled crown and flowing cape, moves down a long runway, smiling dazzlingly at her cheering “subjects.” Whether presented on the stage of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City or in the patio of the Buen Pastor Prison in Bogotá, Colombia, the beauty…

Disgraced and Islamic Art: The Gap Between Optics and Truth

In the opening moments of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, we see an intimate image: Emily, a young, white artist, is sketching her husband Amir, a well-to-do Pakistani American lawyer. Emily reveals the idea for this new sketch was inspired both by a minor run-in with a racist waiter the night before, as well…

Why Feathers and Teeth? Artistic Director Robert Falls on the Play’s Wholly Original Outlook

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…

Stage Screams: The Horror Genre in Theater

For the first time in its history, Goodman Theatre dips a toe into the crimson waters of horror this fall with playwright Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth. The play focuses on a family whose matriarch recently succumbed to cancer, but rather than taking the form of a taut emotional drama, Feathers and Teeth plumbs its…