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Theater news and analysis from The Nation
January 20, 2023
The Tragedy of Ukraine
What classical Greek tragedy can teach us about conflict.
Nicolai N. Petro
November 28, 2022
The Club Q Massacre and the New Culture of Lynching
Homophobic violence is fueled by the extreme right’s victim blaming.
September 29, 2022
Is There a Future for Russian Independent Media?
The press in Russia has been operating under slow but constant erosion during the entirety of Putin’s watch.
September 28, 2022
We Like the Idea of Asylum Seekers, but Not the Real Thing
The 12-foot-tall puppet of a Syrian refugee has been welcomed in New York and around the world. Real refugees? Not so much.
June 23, 2022
A Staggering Story of Palestinian Exile
The Vagrant Trilogy
is the Public Theater’s first full-length, main-stage production to address the aftermath of the Nakba.
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May 5, 2022
Strippers Seize the Moment, Turning a Lockout Into a Picket Line
How many assaults, rapes, and shootings will it take for these performers to be afforded even the basic protections a union could provide?
February 22, 2022
The Infinite Possibilities of “Macbeth”
Sparse and beautiful, Joel Coen’s Shakespeare adaptation focuses on why we continue to return to this story of power and downfall.
January 26, 2022
The Story of Capitalism in One Family
The Lehman Trilogy
proposes that the downfall of a financial dynasty is enough to tell the economic and political history of America
December 13, 2021
The Making of Tom Stoppard
How mistaken identity and acts of reinvention define the life and work of the British playwright.
December 1, 2021
Stephen Sondheim’s Art
Despite beginning his career at the end of musical theater’s golden age, Sondheim helped bring the form to its artistic zenith.