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It’s Not a Swarm of Bees—They’re My Emotional Support Companions

Excuse me. Excuse me. Lynette, is it? I can tell you are super excited to see all of us here at Gate A17. All your shouting and waving—trust me. The bees read you loud and clear. They know you love ...
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10,000 Auditions: 10 Year Reunion

“Do you sing?” asked director Keith Baxter. I started crooning Gershwin. “Oh, not like that. Stand at the back of the room and sing to the wall.” Ten seconds into my audition for Angelique in The Imaginary Invalid at Michael Kahn's Shakespeare ...
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On Family Resemblance

My sister is the spitting image of my dad. So Italian, so petite. Dark hair, dark eyes. A nose that is Roman but not too Roman. And the older she gets, the more she looks like our lovely Irish mom ...
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Bernstein Centennial

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. -Leonard Bernstein That was certainly true for the Maestro when he debuted Mass at the Kennedy Center in 1971. Not only was Bernstein way behind ...
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JANE: Brett Morgan’s Stunning New Documentary

This post originally appeared on Dr. Goodall on the “yellow” carpet with her young friend The young lady waited patiently. Whether she was the daughter of a VIP or she was just so adorable that a savvy PR flack ...
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Cassini’s Grand Finale

In Roman mythology, Saturn, king of the Titans, feared he would be overthrown by one of his children and so ate five of six upon their births. At 4:55 am this morning, we witnessed the first bite as Cassini flew into the ...
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How I Took Halloween Way Too Seriously, or Turning a Broken Ankle into a Science Experiment

31 October 2016 For Halloween, I decided to dress as "Girl Who Broke Her Ankle In Two Places... Doing Yoga." It's a bit of a head-scratcher costume, but you know me--I'm not the kinda gal who follows the crowd. These ...
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Sarah Bernhardt at Hamlet

Why Don’t You Try Acting Like A Woman?

This essay has been reprinted at Ms. in the Biz. When I read in The Atlantic that Jared Leto, in preparation for his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad, sent his fellow castmates used condoms, a dead pig, and ...
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The Different Paul McCartneys I Would Shtup

No. 1: Paul McCartney, circa 1958 Well, he was just 17, and you know what I mean, and the way he looked was way beyond compare. So I could I not do that D.A. 'do Paul McCartney? No. 2: Paul ...
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Caltech Rocket Boys

The Man with No Ass

Some dinners produce masterpieces. In 1889, Joseph M. Stoddart, managing editor of Lippincott's Magazine, hosted a dinner at the Langham Hotel attended by, among others, Conan Arthur Doyle and Oscar Wilde. Both men promised Stoddart pieces for the inaugural English edition of his ...
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