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Fleabag’s last song (for now) in ‘National Theatre Live: Fleabag’

Fleabag is a raunchy, quirky, and sometimes completely heartbreaking meditation on the trials and tribulations of mid-twenties womanhood.

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New Toni Morrison doc brings Huttner back to ‘Beloved’

I saw the film adaptation of Toni Morrison’s magnificent novel Beloved way back when it first opened in 1998–before there was a Films42.com let alone an FF2 Media–and I was thunderstruck. I am ashamed to admit now that I didn’t know much about Toni Morrison back then. I went to college before there were any […]

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ATX Festival celebrates the power of female partnerships

The eighth season of the ATX Television Festival was held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, celebrating all aspects of the television medium. The Power of Female Partnerships was one of the first panels on the four-day schedule, presented by Vanity Fair. Panelists included Good Girls creator Jenna Bens and star Retta, along with TV agents […]

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Columbia College Chicago showcases ‘Where the Future Came From’

Columbia College Chicago Glass Curtain Gallery showcased the Where the Future Came From exhibit on February 12, featuring the president of the Chicago Women’s History Center, Mary Ann Johnson, as guest speaker. Johnson shared excerpts of interviews from female artists who were members of the Artemisia Gallery (now closed), a feminist collective founded in 1973. […]

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Powerful ‘Twilight Bowl’ features female cast, playwright and director

Twilight Bowl previews began February 8 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, from playwright Rebecca Gilman and director Erica Weiss. The powerful story follows six young women at a bowling alley in small-town Wisconsin as they contemplate their past choices and future paths. “The first time I read this play I was, first of all, blown away […]

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New database gives history’s women artists ‘A Space of Their Own’

The Advancing Women Artists Foundation will launch A Space of Their Own, an online database of more than 600 female artists working from the 15th and 19th centuries. The illustrated online space “will become something of a virtual museum, providing the public with access to paintings that might otherwise languish in museum storage,” according to […]

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Female Gazing: How we look at art and who is represented

What does the female look like? What is it about her looks? What distinguishes her look from another? These are objectively valid questions.

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Broadway’s ‘War Paint’ is a mean streak of genius

It has been a pretty fantastic year for women: a female winning best director at Cannes, a female director taking the Tony– not to mention the fantastic achievement of Wonder Woman — women are making their place known in the arts. However, there are several female-driven stories making a comeback, and War Paint; music by Scott […]

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UPDATE: Sly ‘Foxes’ wins well-deserved Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon

MONDAY UPDATE: Jan Lisa Huttner here, the morning after the 2017 Tony Awards. Congratulations to Cynthia Nixon, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for “Best Actress for a Featured Role in a Play” in the role of “Birdie” in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Kudos as well to Jane Greenwood who also won a Tony for […]

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The Powder and The Glory: From PBS Doc to Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical!

The Powder & The Glory — a PBS documentary now available on DVD — depicts the feud between esteemed makeup icons Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. Why is this relevant now? Because War Paint — the new Broadway musical that has been nominated for FOUR Tony Awards — is based on this doc 🙂 The tale of these […]

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Women will complete in all writing/directing categories at the 2017 Tony Awards

When the 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning, women’s names appeared in every single writing and directing category. Correct me if I am wrong, but I do not believe this has ever happened before. And if I am correct, this marks a new milestone for women in the arts! Here is the list of women […]

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‘Sunday in the Park’ leaps off the stage in fantastic revival

Sunday in the Park with George, which officially opened on Broadway February 23rd, 2017, is a an absolutely fabulous piece of theater. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, and directed by Sarna Lapine this revival combines minimalism with beautiful projections, creating an experience unlike any other. The show starts out with […]

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New Broadway revival of “The Little Foxes” proves Lillian Hellman was a prophet

Terrific new production of playwright Lillian Hellman’s masterpiece arrives on Broadway with startling prophetic force.   FF2 team members Lindsy Bissonette and Jan Lisa Huttner attend the first preview on March 29th at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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