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Theater of the Absurd

"Responding to a world which no longer makes sense": An interview with playwright Aleshea Harris

Sylvia Sukop | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts
Sylvia Sukop

A shocking act of racial violence brings Harold Pinter's "The Room" to an abrupt close.

The Politics of the Absurd

Lisa Longo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Are you sick of jokes about tiny hands and hysteria over who gets to use which bathroom? Because doesn't the news feel a bit surreal these days? Remin...

First Nighter: Alice Birch's 'Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again' Introduces the Feminist Absurd

David Finkle | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Yoo-hoo, theater cognoscenti! Remember Theater of the Absurd, the new strain of writing that--to fall into reviewer's clichés--burst on the scene in the 1950s? That's when playwrights like Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco began making names for themselves.

The Irony of Current Russian-Ukrainian Relations

John Brown | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
John Brown

In all the wise commentary on the tragic Russia-Ukraine situation, I have seen few observations (admissions?) that 20th-century Ukraine is essentially a Soviet geopolitical construction.

First Nighter: Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses Can't Be Kept Up With

David Finkle | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Let me tell you that if anyone wanted a spot-on one-sentence review of Eno's newest work, you couldn't do any better than what she said. But we professional assessors are expected to say more. So I will, although I'd love to let it go at the friendly woman's comment.