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Theater news and analysis from The Nation
December 17, 2020
Shakespeare’s Contentious Conversation With America
James Shapiro’s recent book looks at why Shakespeare has been a mainstay of the cultural and political conflicts of the country since its founding.
July 8, 2020
Why Has Society Failed to Integrate Grief Into Public Life?
We talked to Rachel Kauder Nalebuff about the politics of care, mourning, and her new book,
Stages: On Dying, Working, and Feeling
May 7, 2020
The Coronavirus Means Curtains for Artists
The loss of revenue from live events is only the start of this particular disaster.
April 21, 2020
Lorraine Hansberry’s Radicalism
For the playwright and activist, neither liberal reform nor countercultural art were enough. The very foundations of American democracy needed to be transformed.
November 12, 2019
‘The Inheritance’ Takes E.M. Forster Out of the Closet
into today’s gay Manhattan, playwright Matthew Lopez shows that “Only Connect” is still a radical message.
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October 28, 2019
Tony Kushner on Making Serious Political Theatre in 2019
In a conversation with
, Kushner discusses the first major revival of
A Bright Room Called Day
, his Reagan-era political drama set in Weimar Germany.
August 22, 2019
Dismantling Transphobia at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Three performances at the world’s biggest arts festival react to transphobic rhetoric in the UK.
August 6, 2019
The Play Challenging Us to See the Rot at the Heart of Our Democracy
As its New York run ends,
What the Constitution Means to Me
remains an urgent and salient critique of the country’s foundational document.
June 3, 2019
Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage ‘Hamilton’ Has Wrought
His new play,
The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
, is an extremely earnest attempt to show Miranda the many errors of his blockbuster musical.
May 29, 2019
Imani Perry’s Liberation Feminism
The African-American studies professor sits down with
to discuss books, Beyoncé, and the radical potential of the academy.