July 5, 2012 In just a few years, comedian Trevor Noah went from performing at amateur clubs to selling out large theaters in his native South Africa. Born to an African mother and Swiss father during apartheid, many of his jokes stem from his upbringing in a township where law separated blacks and whites.
July 4, 2012 Mike Nichols has won every major entertainment award over a long career in theater, comedy, TV and film. He returned to Broadway directing a revival of Death of a Salesman, which picked up seven Tony nominations. Nichols warns the production may be his last. Originally broadcast May 23, 2012.
June 25, 2012 Richard Adler, who co-wrote the musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees with his partner, Jerry Ross, died Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 90. Fresh Air remembers the composer and lyricist with excerpts from a 1990 interview.
June 23, 2012 When it was released in the early '60s, Shirley Clarke's controversial film about heroin addicts got shut down by New York police after two screenings. Now, a half-century later, audiences get a second chance to see the newly restored movie in theaters.
June 23, 2012 The Angola Prison Drama Club performed a play unlike any other in the prison's experience. Seventy inmates took part in The Life of Jesus Christ. For the untrained actors, this production held special meaning, as they saw pieces of their own lives revealed in the characters they played.
June 21, 2012 This summer marks the half-century anniversary of Central Park's Delacorte Theater, home of the free annual Shakespeare in the Park. Jeff Lunden looks at the theater's beginnings and how it continues its work today with a new production of As You Like It.
June 19, 2012 One last dispatch, now that we've recovered, featuring observations on Jackie Hoffman and shirtless dwarves.
June 15, 2012 Sometimes high-octane histrionics are what makes a show unforgettable. And sometimes it's the little moments — and how they reflect what's gone before.