Otis Williams: ‘The Temptations didn’t love themselves’

The only surviving original member of the hit R&B group talks about the darker side of a legacy and the musical it inspired One of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after he received a letter in the mail. Im reading it and it said to give them a call the first chance I had, Williams remembers. She gets on the phone and told me she was ill and asked: God, dont take me until I speak to Otis Williams. She said she wanted to tell me how much the music meant to her before she died. I didnt have …

Martha Plimpton: I am terrified for the women of my country

The former teen star on being born into an acting dynasty, her anger at the abortion ban in Alabama and the trouble with American cinema Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse, a searingly topical play by Lynn Nottage that examines the deep-rooted discontent and anxiety that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Sweat transfers to the West End next week. Would you like to see more working-class stories like Sweat on our stages and screens?Absolutely. One of the things I love about the play is its about people whose stories we dont usually hear or see. What is so compelling is how very human and universal the feelings are that Lynn is writing about. Its more than just a …

How do you write a play about the climate crisis?

As part of a new initiative, playwright Bess Wohl was tasked with writing a play about climate crisis, a daunting proposition thats morphed into the off-Broadway drama Continuity Time. Comedic timing. The freezing of time. How much time humanity has left before certain catastrophe. In Continuity, the new off-Broadway play from the award-winning playwright Bess Wohl and Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin, time is the central theme, affecting each character in different ways. Told through the frame of a Hollywood film set, the play tackles how humans are supposed to deal with the magnitude of climate crisis, even as their lives become weighed down with personal drama. Someone get this asshole out of my shot! yells Maria, the harangued film director …

The shock of the nude: Brazil’s stark new form of political protest

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at So Paulos international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different If ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be So Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Banksys kissing coppers) as hooting taxis squeeze past. We love the fight between the public and the traffic, performer Carlos Canhameiro tells me later, remarkably uninjured. The street belongs to you. The street belongs to you (See[]Have) Adrift. Photograph: Guto Muniz If there are politics even in …

High school production of Alien bursts into a viral success

With no drama department and no great funds to speak of, the costumes and sets were made largely from recycled materials Hollywood has a new town to scout for talent: Bergen, New Jersey. Three teachers and fewer than 20 high school students are being thrust into the spotlight after their production of Ridley Scotts Alien has won internet acclaim. Andrew Fernandez (@bhsdrew) I love that north bergen high school did alien last night as their school play, so Im gonna keep tweeting about how great it is..everything was made from recycled materials .. so nuts amazing Im so proud of my hometown March 23, 2019 Perfecto Cuervo, the drama club moderator and play director, got the inspiration as a lifelong …

‘I’m not a gay writer, I’m a monster’: did James Purdy foresee Trump’s America?

At first he was feted. But then his novel about a handsome, Yale-educated serial rapist made him an outcast. Ten years after his death, has the scabrous authors time finally come? On 6 August 2015, the American author and playwright Cabot Wright Begins. A scabrous satire about three of New Yorks sacred cows publishing, politics and psychiatry the novel concerns the battle for the biographical rights of the titular Wright, a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and serial rapist. New York Times book critic Orville Prescott called it the sick outpouring of a confused, adolescent, distraught mind. A counter-attack from Susan Sontag hailed it as a bravura work of satire, but the damage was done. If my life up to then had …

‘Is this actually dance?’: Australia’s overlooked art form is its most exciting

Melbournes contemporary dance renaissance and a decade of Dance Massive festival go hand in hand Contemporary dance began for me in 2015, midway through a Tim Darbyshire show called Official statistics count it as one of the smaller and more specialised of the performing arts. Dance Massive, Australias largest festival of new contemporary dance, which turns 10 years old this year. Angela Conquet, the artistic director of Melbournes Alongside work by Joel Bray, Karul Projects and Marrugeku, the impressive DubaiKungkaMiyalk brings together a strong line-up of four contemporary choreographers, Mariaa Randall, Henrietta Baird, Carly Sheppard and Ngioka Bunda-Heath, curated by Randall, who is fresh from a well-received show at New Yorks Performance Space. Le Dernier Appel by Marrugeku is among …