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Ada Calhoun

November 15, 2010 | Encounter
43 Minutes With Margaret Cho

A discussion of the meaning of Jersey Shore and nonmonogamy in the comedienne’s hotel room.

September 3, 2009 | Intelligencer
Pop Culture Is Still Popular

Why the niche will never triumph, and mass culture will always march on.

September 24, 2007 | Intelligencer
Pack Up Your Pasties: Soon There May Be No Mo Pitkin’s

L.E.S. weirdo performance space turns out to be less durable than Sardi’s.

April 18, 2005 | Theater Review
Steel Magnolias

You can practically see the deep-fried halos appearing over the six exemplars of southern womanhood as they wash each other’s hair, gossip viciously, and have meaningful conversations about life.

April 11, 2005 | Theater Review
This Is How It Goes

All that’s missing is a carny out in front of the Public Theater screaming, “Mothers, shield your children! Gentlemen, if you have a heart condition, leave now!”

April 4, 2005 | Theater Review
All Shook Up

If Elvis impersonators had a union, do you suppose this latest incarnation of the "jukebox musical" could have been prevented?

April 4, 2005 | Theater Review
A 'Glass' Half Full

Oddly cast and irritatingly staged, this Glass Menagerie displays a few cracks—but it’s hard to damage such a great play.

March 28, 2005 | Theater Review
After Ashley

It’s liable to appeal to today’s moodier teen far more than Rent.

March 28, 2005 | Theater Review
Shockhead Peter

You know you’re in a world-class city when there are two shows running simultaneously in which puppets deliver lessons in Schadenfreude.

March 14, 2005 | Theater Review
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

A wildly ambitious, era-melding show about a trial in purgatory, at which fifteen actors play roughly twice as many characters from biblical times through the present day - nearly three hours of chaos.