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Three on the Aisle: To Squabble Over a ‘Mockingbird’

The critics are back with a discussion of the ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ controversy and a look at a day (and night) in the life of a theatre critic.

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.

The critics are back after an unexpected hiatus. Did you miss us? Because it’s as if we’ve never said goodbye.

First, we discuss recent cease-and-desist notices sent to regional companies putting on the 1969 Christopher Sergel adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird by the producers of the current Aaron Sorkin adaptation running on Broadway. Then we look into our mailbag and address your concerns about the coverage of Slave Play, your disagreements on our discussion of filmed theatre, and a question as to what the day-to-day work of criticism really entails.

To close the show, the critics discuss Madeleine George’s Hurricane Diane, Roundabout’s Merrily We Roll Along, and Peter gets in the ring again to pound on Be More Chill, this time because it just opened on Broadway.

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