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Theater news and analysis from The Nation
September 11, 2018
Young Jean Lee’s Domestic Surrealism
In her newest play, Lee offers us a look at the straight white man as a specimen.
August 1, 2018
In Tony Kushner’s America
When it first debuted,
Angels in America
helped mark the rising fortunes of the gay-rights movement in the 1990s and early 2000s. What does it tell us about today?
May 30, 2018
Adapting Ibsen for Our Times
Along with opportunity, recent revivals of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play
An Enemy of the People
bring much risk.
May 24, 2018
Broadway’s Golden-Age Shows and #MeToo
A certain critical consternation awaited the current productions of
My Fair Lady
—and with good reason.
February 21, 2018
How Socially Engaged Activism Is Transforming Cuba
Community-run cultural centers are rejuvenating post-industrial life, especially for a younger generation.
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November 15, 2017
Bertolt Brecht: Poet of Ill Tidings
In his poetry, Brecht captured a world torn apart by war and depression.
June 20, 2017
If Trump Is Julius Caesar, Then Americans Are a Confused and Violent Mob
is hardly an endorsement of assassination—but neither is it the celebration of “small-d democrats” that the Public Theater wants it to be.
June 16, 2017
Adapting ‘Angels in America’
Sometimes, adaptation is a form of redundancy. This new opera, based on Tony Kushner’s 1992 play, is something stirring in its own way and unexpectedly timely.
April 7, 2017
Who Needs the NEA and NEH?
What is really lost when we cut public funds for the arts and humanities.
April 6, 2017
Letters From the April 24/May 1, 2017, Issue
, the article (and a back-and-forth)… Small-town resistance… The Lone Star State sends its regards…