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Robert Brustein is a veteran of World War II, a former Professor of English at Harvard University, former drama critic for The New Republic and former Dean of the Yale Drama School. He is now a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University.

He was the founding director of the Yale Repertory Theatre (not to mention Yale Cabaret and Yale Theatre magazine) and also the American Repertory Theatre where he served for 20 years as Artistic Director. During this time he founded the ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. Having retired from that post in 2002, he now serves as Founding Director. He is the author of eighteen books (his first being The Theatre of Revolt), twelve adaptations (Including the Klezmer musical Shlemiel The First), and eight plays (including a trilogy about Shakespeare). New Repertory Theatre is about to produce his new Klezmer musical with Hankus Netsky called King of the Schnorrers, and a political satire called Exposed is scheduled for next year. His latest book is Winter Passages. He has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and was awarded the 2010 Medal of Arts by President Obama at the White House. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, where he was honored for his contributions to the arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Stumping Trump

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM

From the day Donald Trump

First went out on the stump,

He's behaved like a chump,

Loudly taking a dump,

On the rumps of the lumps

Who have jumped up to clump

Around the big booty

That Trump wants to hump.

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Obama's Heritage

(59) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 9:25 AM

I am going to plead my extreme old age in offering the following opinion without documentation:

Barack Obama will go down as one of the most dynamic, eloquent, progressive, and humane presidents in our history, and only a nasty, selfish society such as our own would question his achievements....

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Shooters of the World, Disarm

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Has anyone in the NRA read the Second Amendment lately?

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The Constitution makes no mention of arming individuals, or of the unregulated...

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Shooting Down the NRA!

(31) Comments | Posted September 12, 2015 | 7:52 PM

There is a interesting idea floating around these days about how to kill the National Rifle Association.

Join it!!!!

For only $25 a year, you will not only receive a host of membership benefits and a subscription to three different gun magazines, but also -- on the...

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(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:40 PM

George Washington turned down a third Presidential term because he did not wish to emulate the British system of lifetime rule. Despite this selfless democratic gesture, we now have something resembling a system of successive family Presidencies, otherwise known as dynastic rule.

The early years of the...

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How to 'Git' Out of Gitmo

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Despite persistent charges of incompetence from the Republican Party, as the New York Times noted yesterday, Barack Obama has drastically reduced unemployment, shortened sentences for drug use, undertaken a major revision of the prison system, advanced immigration, redesigned health care, signed a same-sex marriage bill, suppressed inflation and achieved a...

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Broken News

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:25 PM

A television studio, occupied by the moderator, Wolf Spritzer, two commentators, Greta Insufferable and Sean Inanity, and tonight's chief guest, John Boner.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am Wolf Spritzer and this is the Stimulation Room of CNN, Cable Nitwit News. We are taking a pause from...

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Moses and the Red Sea

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 4:57 PM


One day in ancient Egypt, a Jewish family had a baby named Moses, around the same time a Druzish family had a daughter named Zipporah. Zipporah grew up healthy and beautiful, but Egyptians enjoyed killing Jewish babies like Moses, and Pharaoh had ordered midwives to stop helping Jewish women...

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Broken News

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:43 PM

(A television studio, occupied by the moderator, Wolf Spritzer, two commentators, Greta Insufferable and Sean Inanity, and tonight's chief guest, John Boner.)

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another edition of Breaking News. We are taking a pause from our ceaseless investigation into the crash...

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How to Love Your Country

(127) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 10:06 PM

One of the more depressing political attacks in recent history was launched by the former Mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, against President Obama. With strong implications of racism, Giuliani claimed that Obama did not love his country and might have "socialist" or "anti-colonial" leanings because of his mixed parentage...

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The Origin of Terrorism

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:54 PM

Shakespeare thought of everything first, including the model for Islamic terrorism. He can be found in The Tempest in the character of the rebellious monster Caliban.

Like the Jihadists, Caliban's violent behavior has been stimulated by the occupation of his land by Western powers, in his case the Milanese magician,...

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Blowing Up Heads

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 12:28 PM

This game is becoming infectious.  Last week the People's Republic of North Korea managed to close down a Sony feature called The Interview by hacking a number of computers and threatening the US with another 9/11. The film climaxed with the head of the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, being blown...

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The New Plutocracy

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Many of us are deeply grieved by the recent events surrounding The New Republic, where Chris Hughes, its current publisher, having rejected the magazine's time-honored intellectual purpose in favor of a profitable new web initiative, effectively caused the demise of a respected hundred-year-old institution. The new ownership, responding to the...

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Nothing Will Come of Something

(30) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Furious over Barack Obama's recent executive orders, House Speaker John Boehner announced today that he would sue the president for doing something about health care, and institute impeachment proceedings against him for trying to fix immigration and climate change. Obama, Boehner suggests, has failed to recognize that doing something in...

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School for Crime

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Recent events are proving that a criminal record, or least the promise of a criminal proceeding, has become an essential requirement for holding or pursuing political office. Sexual scandal, of course, has always been a condition of political life -- vide Francois Hollande simultaneously cheating on three different women or...

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A Terrorist Ph.D

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:01 AM

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, brutal head of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham), is not only a terrorist leader, but a poet with a Ph.D. from Baghdad's Islamic University. We have just managed to obtain a transcript of his doctoral defense of his dissertation, "On Creating an International Caliphate,"...

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Busy Obama, Lazy Congress

(100) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Since his presidency began, and as of June 14, 2014, President Barack Obama will have made 36 international trips to 47 different countries, in addition to the Vatican and the West Bank. This, in addition to his frequent visits to domestic sites such as tornado and hurricane disaster areas, not...

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The Apple Impasse

(7) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:19 PM

Among the number of Apple product users (I would give you the precise figure if Google didn't require a password), I wonder how many billions have been as frustrated as I am over Apple's password requirements. I do know my wife is one of them, since she has been on...

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Winter of Discontent

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 11:35 AM

For many educated people in America, the post-millennial years have seemed like one long winter of discontent, and we have yet to see much sign of glorious summer. Among those feeling more than their customary quota of gloom I count myself, admittedly a traditionally disgruntled commentator (whose early writings were...

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Return of the Booboisie

(94) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:38 PM

"Absolute reason expired at eleven o'clock last night," a character shouts in the mad scene from Ibsen's Peer Gynt. That certainly seems to describe the mental condition of present-day America. A group of lunatics, self-named after Boston's Tea Party, but actually descended from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Alice...

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