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Three on the Aisle: Cockeyed Optimists Edition

The critics happily return to talking about actual live, in-person theatre, as well as the vagaries of variants and vaccination policies.

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 talk about live theatre! They focus on productions outside of New York City, including Shakespeare & Company’s King Lear in the Berkshires, an upcoming Our Town by the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, a performance of Come From Away on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and Elisabeth’s mysterious trip to Creede, Colo. We also discuss Broadway’s reopening schedule, the state of vaccination and variants, and Peter’s acclaimed college acting career.

The full episode can be downloaded here.

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Three on the Aisle is produced by Erica Huang (she/her).

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