“Loves Adventures” by Mad Madge

“There is an old saying, that opinion travels without a Passe-port…” -Mrs. Reformer, Loves Adventures (1662) The deeper I read into 17th century British theatre history, particularly the Restoration, the more fascinated I am by the literary (and other) figures who populated these eras and, of course, also by the works that have survived them. … Continue reading

“Feminist Performance and Utopia: A Manifesto”; Or, Here, Here, Jill Dolan

This morning I read with a fervor that took me back to my college days the last chapter of Staging International Feminisms–a collection of essays edited by Elaine Aston and Sue-Ellen Case and published by Palgrave/MacMillan in 2007.  This chapter, entitled “Feminist Performance and Utopia: A Manifesto,” was written by Jill Dolan, a professor at … Continue reading

From Mancakes to Man-eroles: The Dramatic Efforts of Gender Marketing

Once again, the intersections of gender, food preferences, and food marketing take center stage.  Ugh. Back in November, I posted on “Man-eroles (Man Casseroles).”  Today, Schott’s Vocab, a NYT column, discusses the recent masculinization of gourmet cupcakes, or “Mancakes.” On women playwrights Also, check out this and this from the London’s Telegraph about what David … Continue reading

Meet GAN-e-meed Theatre Project

Back on January 28th, I posted an updated list of Women Theatre Bloggers and offered some thoughts on how it might be put to good use, beyond its obvious availability now as online resource.  One of my own goals was to highlight these women and (the organizations they represent) with an ongoing interview series here … Continue reading

More Reflections on Gender and Race in Today’s Theatre

This post is an attempt to pull together and work through simultaneously a number of thoughts/issues/concerns that have been rattling around in my head lately, spurred by both my own reading and writing and also by conversations that have been taking place on other theatre blogs. As my regular readers know, I recently compiled a … Continue reading


You’ve heard of The W (a hotel), The WB (a tv network), TBS (another tv network), and The BLT (a sandwich), and now I present to you–The WTB–updated and explicated. For those of you just tuning in, the WTB are Women Theatre Bloggers. Why a list of WTB? In recent years, several studies have indicated … Continue reading

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