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Greek God Dionysus Returns as ‘Diane’ to Confront Climate Change

FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey

Before the pandemic, I struggled to find American theaters that recorded their productions and made them available online. I wanted to watch plays coming out of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles without having to book a plane ticket and hotel room. (While I am aware of BroadwayHD, a streaming service that brings Broadway productions to you with the ease of your latest Netflix movie, I haven’t explored it further.read more.

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“Never Have I Ever” Felt So Seen by a Netflix TV Show

Guest Post by Reanne Rodrigues

When was the last time you watched a film or TV show about a South Asian girl who grapples with her Indian-American identity?

Such storylines might be hard to come by in mainstream television. That’s why when I first heard about Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy series Never Have I Ever on Netflix, I was intrigued.… read more.

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Guerrilla Girls Make Good Trouble in “The Art of Behaving Badly”

As someone who has taught intro to art courses using the Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art (published in 1998), it’s difficult even for me to properly introduce the Guerrilla Girls.

For one, the Guerrilla Girls mask in gorilla face, occludes identity, and they are a fierce feminist force — one fighting for fairness in the art world.read more.

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Diane Seuss’ New Poems are Both ‘Right Now’ and ‘Back Then’

Guest Post by Anne Graue

Expectations run high when work is forthcoming from a poet such as Diane Seuss. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work lives in five books of poetry, a treasury of interviews as well as myriad publications including work in Poets and Writers and The New Yorker.read more.

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Charlotte Libov’s ‘I Wrote the Book’ is a Joyful Celebration

Charlotte Libov’s cabaret I Wrote the Book via Metropolitan Zoom was very enjoyable, thanks to a great set of songs, a unique viewing experience, and her own endearing charm. (NBA: 4/5)

Review by FF2 Associate Nicole Ackman

Charlotte Libov’s cabaret, I Wrote the Book opened with her singing “Heart” from Damn Yankees, and she certainly has it in spades.read more.

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Meet Alvin Ailey — “Pied Piper of Modern Dance” — in Jamila Wignot’s BioDoc

In Ailey, a touching look at the life and work of American choreographer Alvin Ailey, director Jamila Wignot excels at mixing archival footage with contemporary clips from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances. (NBA: 4/5)

Review by FF2 Associate Nicole Ackman

When Alvin Ailey was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, Cicely Tyson described him as “a choreographer of the heart” and “a Pied Piper of modern dance.”read more.

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