The most memorable doughnut of my life was from the Do-Rite that used to be right around the corner from Petterino’s. It was the morning of my divorce. My soon-to-be ex-husband and I were meeting for coffee before walking across Randolph to the Daley Center, where we would kick our three-year marriage to the curb. […]
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September of 2020, I texted my raging feminist aunt immediately: “How sick do you feel right now?” “I’m in tears—I’m terrified of what comes next.” We didn’t even have to identify what happened. As soon as the news of Justice Ginsburg’s death emerged, we all knew we were fucked. […]
While its drama focuses on 20th-century events, the New Coordinates’ (the company formerly known as the New Colony) Love in the Time of Jonestown is uncannily contemporary—which is exactly how historical fiction should feel. Production-wise, Jonestown richly reflects our time and place. Written by Omer Abbas Salem, it’s a radio play in three parts that […]
The Artistic Home’s production of Eurydice is, to use a word dropped throughout the show, interesting. On one of the first cold Saturday nights of the year, I left the production (directed by Kathy Scambiattera) ambivalent. Sarah Ruhl’s upheaval of the ancient myth is gorgeous and juicy, layered with a disdain for macho mythology and […]
When we talk about The Golden Girls, we need to talk about sex. According to Buzzfeed, the four women had over 260 lovers over the course of seven seasons, with Blanche Devereaux clocking in at 165. (Get it, girl.) In a truly stupid culture that often treats women over 40 as untouchables, the sitcom’s depictions […]
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