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Three on the Aisle: This Time It’s Personal

This week the topic is how personal experiences inform criticism, as the critics touch on ‘Mac Beth’ at Hunter Theater Project, ‘Gun and Powder’ at Signature Theatre, and ‘Medea’ at BAM

Twice a month, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times 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 begin with a discussion about how their personal lives affect their experiences in the theatre, and the ways that different people identify (or don’t) when certain topics appear shown onstage. They then answer some listener questions about stage violence, respond to reader comments on reviews, and recount how they found their way to criticism. The round-the-horn discussion this week touches on Mac Beth at Hunter Theater Project, Gun and Powder at Signature Theatre, and Medea at BAM.

Content Warning: The critics discuss onstage portrayals of sexual violence between the timecodes 39:30 and 40:30.

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