Tag Archive | politics

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey: Round 1

Sometimes the greatest theatre happens outside theatrical spaces. This week, we are privileged enough to witness, not one, but TWO of the most excellent performative acts in the history of the world wide web, courtesy of our Commander in Chief. As we all know, the president of the United States has never been afraid of […]

It’s Happening Here: Berkeley Rep’s Production of IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE Still Relevant

I thought I’d check out what leading theatres in my home state of California have been up to, and I came across Berkeley Rep’s late 2016 project “It Can’t Happen Here,” a timely play co-adapted by Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. The piece is based on Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It […]

Viewing the Arts Through Trump-Colored Glasses

I recently started watching The Young Pope on HBO, which stars Jude Law as a self-obsessed, tyrannical, and incredibly stunted ruler who is more concerned with his own image than the good of his people. Sound familiar? The Young Pope clearly understands its role in todays political milieu. Law’s Holy Father “says what he thinks, directly, loudly, whether people […]

For Those Who Like the Magic, But Not the Morals

JK Rowling seems to have broken a lot of hearts the last few days. Unlike most stories that involve the well-known author of the Harry Potter series, this time it’s not about the books. Well, not really. After publicly speaking out against the Trump administration, Rowling faced criticisms from her now ex-fans, many who vowed to […]

“Politics? Cora, we’re artists.”

So here we are today, over a month out from November 8 and the electors were not as faithless as many of us had hoped. And in this time I’ve rehearsed, teched, opened, and closed Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 operetta The Cradle Will Rock. I’ve confronted the questions I think many of us have wondered in these last […]

The Play’s the Thing eh? Yeah I Wish.

So at this point, I believe we’re all familiar with the whole Pence attends Hamilton, Hamilton cast addresses him directly about their concerns, everyone (read: mostly right-wing, including Trump himself) attacks the Hamilton cast for bringing their politics to the stage and “harassing” Pence. Mike Rowe, former host of the tv show Dirty Jobs, also had […]

When Mike Met Alexander (Hamilton)

One step forward, two steps back. Is this what “progress” feels like? In the same year that Hamilton wins 11 Tonys and redefines the scope of American musical theatre, Donald Trump is elected to be the next President of the United States. For us theatre people, I think Hamilton has been this untouchable beacon of hope […]