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May 29 Issue

  1. theater review
    The 9 Best Broadway Songs of the SeasonThe season’s standout tunes, featuring a lying teenager, several heroic Canadians, and a lot of drunken, angsty Russians.
  2. encounter
    Lunch With Laurie Metcalf, Star of A Doll’s House, Part 2, at a Doll StoreThe Tony favorite talks about the sequel to a classic play, following her passion, and the Roseanne revival.
  3. broadway debuts
    How The Great Comet Moved From Cabaret to BroadwayProblem No. 1: Take your musical from a cabaret into a massive theater. Problem No. 2: Make that theater feel like a cabaret.
  4. book review
    Review: Percival Everett’s So Much Blue Is Winding and BeguilingAt age 61, Everett may have the lowest profile of any major American novelist now in his or her prime.
  5. art fairs
    Jerry Saltz: The Drawing I Can’t Stop Thinking About From Frieze New YorkA great work of art from 1875 that’s never been seen in any museum.
  6. movie review
    Review: Christopher Plummer Is Glorious in The ExceptionAs he proves yet again as the aged Kaiser Wilhelm II, Plummer can put more shading into fewer syllables than any actor alive.
  7. peak tv
    What Creators Have to Gain, and Fear, in a Streaming-TV WorldThe advent of streaming has brought untold freedom and opportunity to creators — and an unprecedented chance to get lost in the Peak TV shuffle.
  8. hollywood signs
    Why Is the Edward Albee Estate Afraid of a Black Virginia Woolf?And should playwrights get a posthumous say in who performs their work?
  9. books
    The Acerbic, Unflinching Writing of Samantha IrbyShe took up her confessional writing to “impress a dude” — and wound up marrying a woman. She also picked up a lot of famous fans.
  10. character study
    Zoe Kazan Is Reimagining the Rom-Com Heroine — and HerselfIn a new film, The Big Sick, and a new play, After the Blast.