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Three on the Aisle: Things Everyone Loves That We Hate

This week, the critics ask each other questions, including which Shakespeare plays they never want to see again and songs they love from otherwise terrible musicals.

Twice a month, critics Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of The Washington Post get together to talk about what’s going on in the American theatre.

This week, the critics answer a question from a reader about whether critical standards should be different in reviews of community theatre versus Broadway theatre.

Then they turn the tables on each other! The critic asks each other questions, such as,  “Which Shakespeare play would you be happy never to see again?” and “What classic musical or play do you find irredeemably bad?”

The episode closes with the customary show recommendations, which this week includes: The Waverly Gallery on Broadway, Lewiston/Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Off-Broadway, and The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth on Broadway.

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