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Three on the Aisle: Side With Hope

The critics return to consider when theatre will return, how to cover it when it does, and how not to succumb to Zoom despair.

Once 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 return, and some theatres are starting to return as well. These include Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, and American Shakespeare Center in Virginia. The third has been listed as “do not work” by Actor’s Equity. The critics discuss these shows, the ethics of covering them, and the response—and responsibility—of unions. They also respond to listener emails on theatrical gatekeeping and Zoom despair, and talk about their picks for the week, which include The Line from the Public Theater, The Deep Blue Sea from the National Theatre in London, and Les Blancs, also from NT Live.

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