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Three on the Aisle: Did You See the Same Show I Did?

The critics are divided over 2 of the most buzzed-about musicals of the season, ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ What does it mean to hate something that everyone else loves? Also: What’s the difference between bad acting and miscasting?

Twice a month, critics Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York TimesThe 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.

What is it like when you go against the critical consensus? Peter, Elisabeth, and Terry discuss this through the lens of Oklahoma! and Hadestown, both of which strongly divide our critics’ opinions. Then they discuss the most perfect casting they’ve seen, and ponder the difference between a bad actor and a miscast actor.

Finally, they go around the table to talk about Classic Stage Company’s revival of The Cradle Will Rock, Junk by Ayad Akhtar at Arena Stage, The Mother by Florian Zeller at the Atlantic, and Burn This by Lanford Wilson on Broadway.

Download the episode here.

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