Janice Kaplan is a television producer and former editor in chief of Parade magazine. She is the author or coauthor of 10 novels, including the bestselling Mine Are Spectacular and The Botox Diaries; A Job to Kill For, her latest is The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking On The Bright Side Can Transform Your Life.

TRAGEDY

The murders of 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 has inspired ‘On The Exhale,’ a gripping play by Martin Zimmerman, with Marin Ireland supplying a tour de force performance.

Curtain Up

Stand by for some very grand dames on Broadway: Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! and Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard. Plus, delicious anticipation for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and much more.

LESSONS LEARNED

Adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name, the Public Theater’s Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of stories that are sometimes moving, often insightful, and occasionally funny.

Charged

In a new play, Bush is charged with three overarching crimes resulting from the war in Iraq—and every night a jury of audience members votes on whether he is guilty or not.