Kevin’s Culture Picks: What kept our culture expert busy in May?

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Every week, I’ve been doing a deep dive into cultural issues, usually theater-related, that are bothering me or that deserve a second look. But who needs another thinkpiece, right?

I host two weekly programs on my theater company’s Faceboook page ( where I ask guests what has been keeping them creatively engaged or excited, and I thought I could put together some of the movies, television shows, books and music we discuss. I’ll do this at the beginning of every month (until we’re out of … this), and hopefully it’ll keep you busy as we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

So, here’s what I enjoyed in the month of May:



The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Streaming on Netflix)
Shiva Baby (On Demand)
Together, Together (On Demand)
WeWork (Streaming on Hulu)
Cruella (Streaming on Disney+ and in Theaters)


“The Real World Homecoming: New York” (Streaming on Paramount+)
“Last Chance U: Basketball” (Streaming on Netflix)
“Girls5Eva” (Streaming on Peacock)
“Mare of Easttown” (Streaming on HBO Max)


The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Olympus, Texas, by Stacey Swann
Yes, Daddy, by Jonathan Parks-Ramage


Rosegold, Ashley Monroe
Outside Child, Allison Russell
Sour, Olivia Rodrigo
The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Damien Jurado
The Marfa Tapes, Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall