Heineken: When Pepsi Isn’t Strong Enough To Do The Trick

By now, most of us are well acquainted with Pepsi’s ad starring Kendall Jenner and the backlash Pepsi received for co-opting modern protest imagery for corporate gain (see last blog post). After that debacle, Heineken decided to jump on the PR opportunity with their own ad solving political differences with a beverage. And it seemed to […]

The Art of Exploitation for Capitalist Gain

Early last month Pepsi released this advertisement: It features Kendall Jenner solving tensions between modern protestors and police with a can of Pepsi. We’ve all seen it by now. If you’ve been on the internet within the past month you’ve at least heard of it. Saturday Night Live satirized it, social media users eviscerated it, and it was […]

Accessibility of Form

I was listening to the Royal Court Playwright’s Podcast with Simon Stephens recently in which he interviewed playwright and screenwriter Anya Reiss. They were talking about Reiss’s three-year stint writing for EastEnders, an incredibly popular British soap opera. At one point in the conversation, Stephens talks about the estimated total amount of people who have seen his most […]

Diversity in Theatre Criticism

With the firing of Charles Isherwood from the New York Times and the subsequent hiring of Jesse Green to replace him, conversations surrounding diversity in theatre criticism have emerged across major theatrical publications and platforms. When The New York Times announced Isherwood departure and the subsequent open search for someone to fill his position, the implicit question amongst […]

Topdog/Underdog Response

Topdog/Underdog (2001), Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer Prize winning play, explores the effects of institutional racism, masculinity, and resonances of slavery on African-American men and families. The play explores the relationship of two adult brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they attempt to build stable lives for themselves in a culture dead set on watching them fail. Lincoln […]

‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Makes Sixth Female Executives on Board of 28

On International Women’s Day, a male-dominated global investment firm erected a statue of a nine-year-old girl across from the famous “Charging Bull” statue in New York City to draw attention to the lack of gender parity in executive positions on Wall Street. Let’s check in with State Street Global Advisors, the firm responsible for the statue, […]

Truth or Beauty?

In The Method Gun, the performers of the Rude Mechs pose this question to the audience: “Truth or Beauty?” It seems rather easy to answer. Yet when sitting in a theatre, a space predicated on finding truth through artifice and meticulously crafting beauty through forced perspective, the question becomes infinitely more complex. The truth is not objective, […]