Political Theater

Hedwig Lives

Fun interview with John Cameron Mitchell in the Nov. 9 issue of The Nation. Weird timing, since (as the article notes) the Broadway run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch […]

Political Theater Update

Benghazi Committee Hearing Devolves Into Political Theater (Bloomberg) “Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald Calls Out Media For Enabling The Benghazi Committee’s Partisan “Political Theater” (Media Matters) Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Committee: […]


  I reviewed Danai Gurira’s Familiar for the New Haven Independent, here. I was struck by how unabashedly old-fashioned the show’s first act is, and even compared it to You […]

Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues turns 19 this year. It remains a touchstone of her career and has become iconic of a certain type of political theater—the intimate, personalized, humor-laden conversational […]

Belafonte’s Battles

Becoming Belafonte—Black Artist, Public Radical By Judith E. Smith (University of Texas Press, 2014) This new Harry Belafonte bio by Judith E. Smith an American Studies prof at UMass, contains […]

Bad Metaphor Theater

Most of the emails I get come from either theater companies, local news outlets or national political causes. So imagine my reaction when they all blended together into this single […]

The most important show in November

The great Lewis Black—a 1977 graduate of the playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama—has helped produce a wonderful video (below, or here) for the ACLU. It lambastes legislators […]