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Visceral Improvisation: Poncili Creación Interviewed by Ruby Brunton
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The Puerto Rican punk-DIY performance collective on challenging institutional norms for making theater.

Outstanding, Girl, You Knock Me Out: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen Interviewed by Jessica Lanay
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Two artists manifest, claim, and demand space in a society that operates around violence against black women’s bodies while pretending that they don’t exist.

Looking Back: BOMB on the Past Decade in Performance
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With contributions from Becca Blackwell, Moriah Evans, Kaneza Schaal, and more.

Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s Why? by Maria Litvan
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“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.”

Theater as Convergence: Lucas Baisch Interviewed by Vanessa Thill
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On deep listening and language as liberation.

Collective Resistance: Karen-Kaia Livers, Alison Parker, and Dread Scott Interviewed by Bob Snead
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A public art project in New Orleans reenacts a slave revolt.

Issue #150 Preview: Christiane Jatahy by Jay Scheib
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This weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Christiane Jatahy’s radical “mirror game” between film and live performance What If They Went to Moscow? plays for two audiences, one at BAM Fisher Theater and one at BAM Rose Cinemas—then they switch.

Improvisation and Ideology: Nat Randall, Anna Breckon, and Alia Shawkat Interviewed by Rachel Stone
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The artist, director, and actress discuss their endurance performance, The Second Woman, and its exploration of gender performativity.

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The actor stars opposite an opera diva in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, Anne Carson’s verse play that reflects on the histories of two iconic women millennia apart.

This Broken, Jarring Thing: Enda Walsh Interviewed by Tadhg Hoey
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The Irish playwright on grief, adaptation, and the possibilities of form.

In the Eye of the Beholder: Tori Sampson Interviewed by Aleshea Harris
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The emerging playwright takes on beauty standards and societal expectations.

Changing the Dial: Robert Ashley’s Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) by Alec Mapes-Frances
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A newly reconstructed “opera for television.”

Poetic Wizardry: Dimitris Papaioannou Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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The Greek choreographer’s long-awaited North American debut with The Great Tamer.

New Futures: nora chipaumire’s #PUNK 100% POP *N!GGA by Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone
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The three-part epic brings to life an adolescence informed by music as a gateway into a powerful, assertive selfhood. 

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Performance in 2018
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Featuring selections by David Levine, Aki Onda, Ivan Talijancic, Lumi Tan, and more.

A Roll of the Dice: Lars Jan and Joan Didion’s The White Album by Elena Goukassian
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Early Morning Opera brings the canonical essay to the stage.

Hypnotic Mythologies: Kaija Saariaho Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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The US premiere of Only the Sound Remains lands at the White Light Festival.

Evidence of Things Unseen: Geraldine Inoa’s Scraps by Sasha Bonét
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The award-winning television writer traces inherited traumas in her debut stage production.

Tangled Guys: Dennis Cooper, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Chris Cochrane’s THEM by Lisa Borst
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A look back at the AIDS crisis.

Sheep in Woolf’s Clothing: Elevator Repair Service’s Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf by Helen Shaw
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An experimental theater company takes on Edward Albee.

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