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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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Okay No Trump

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2016 | 7:05 PM

For those now holding their hearts in their hands, the best slogan for the current election campaign comes from the game of contract bridge: NO TRUMP! Those wielding clubs and spades, and holding a lot of diamonds, may have another idea.

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Trump Picks Pence

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2016 | 7:01 PM

by Robert Brustein

Trump on the fence
Has ended suspense
By choosing Mike Pence,
For his new Vice President.
Though horribly dense,
There's little nonsense
About Pence in defense
Of dollars and cents.

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Trump's Brain Pills

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM


Good evening, this is Bill O'Spritzer in combined programming of Fox and CNN, bringing you some really breaking news. We have as our guest tonight Donald Trump, who has revealed that he takes a brain pill every day for working longer, improved memory, better thinking, and increased energy....

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Donald As Ex-President

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2016 | 2:36 PM


Mr. Donald, there is a rumor going around that if you were elected President, you might not serve.

Well, it's a job, right? Like any other job. I have to see what the competition is offering. How much do they pay?

I think the Presidency...

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Donald and Saddam

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 10:44 PM

You have been publicly quoted as saying you are in favor of Saddam Hussein.

You bet.

Did you know he was dead?

Nooo!! When did that happen?

About ten years ago.


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Donald And MacDonalds

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 9:37 AM

There are rumors going round that if you become President, you are going to change some of the current dietary laws.

You bet. There are some very unhealthy ideas floating around these days, okay?

Would you name a few?

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Donald's Vice President

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 1:57 PM

There's been a lot of curiosity lately about who you are going to pick as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Yeah, well I've been thinking about that a lot myself lately.

It's a very important choice if a president's...

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Trump and One World

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Welcome back to Broken News, Mr. Trump. But let's get started. Your comments on One World have been widely publicized. Tell us what you think in a few words.

I love it.

You love it?

The Trump...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 7:55 PM

(To Technician) I'm so happy you answered the phone. I've been on the line for two hours, listening to bad music.

(With a foreign accent) How can I help you, sir?

I'm having trouble with my email. I can send, but I...

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Trump And Free Free Free Speech

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:01 AM


Hello, everybody, this is another edition of Breaking News, and our guest again is Donald Trump. Welcome, Mr. Trump.

Hello, Mr. and Mrs. America.

Mr. Trump, as all of us know, is the presumptive Republican candidate for President.


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Trump and Money

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:00 PM

Of one thing there is no question. Trump was born into a significant fortune. His father was named Fred C. (for Christ, I kid you not) Trump, a German immigrant who passed himself off as Swedish in order to sell real estate to Jewish clients (not African-Americans -- they were...

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The Semantics of Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 2:22 PM

One reason Donald E. Trump can't possibly win the next election is his unfortunate name. It was changed from his ancestral family name (Drumpf) in the 1600's, Americanized, one assumes, for the sake of assonance. But although Trump may sound more melodic than Drumpf, it bears strong overtones of loss...

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Sexual Language

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 11:37 AM

Sex used to be a word that described both the gender of the individual and the mostly nocturnal activity being practiced ("My sex is male, and I had sex last night with a female"). Now, largely as a result first of the woman's movement, then all the other identity-building nouns...

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School for Crime: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 3:08 PM

Recent events are proving the old theorem 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 of France, simultaneously cheating on three...

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Moses and the Deep Red Sea

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 2:01 PM


One day in ancient Egypt, around the last week in April, a Jewish family produced a son named Moses. Around the same period of time a Druzish family produced a daughter named Zipporah. Zipporah grew up healthy and beautiful, but Egyptians enjoyed killing Jewish babies like Moses, and Pharaoh...

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Thunder in Blunderland

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 12:34 PM

STARCHED HAIR. Who are you, lady? A protester or a newscaster? Either way, you're fired! Only loyalists are allowed at my rallies. Identify yourself.

SARAH. My name is Sarah and I'm looking for Wonderland.

STARCHED HAIR. Well, you've come to the wrong place. This is Blunderland.

SARAH. The Mad Hatter...

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The Next Supreme Court Justice

(17) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 9:24 PM

After the death of Antonin Scalia, Mitch McConnell has demanded that the next Supreme Court Justice be appointed by the next president, even though Barak Obama has been vetting a candidate for the post named Jane L. Kelly. Ironically, she is a Republican from the same state, Iowa, as Charles...

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Porno Possibilities

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 11:42 PM

Recent issues of the New York Times have been vibrating with stories about Sex -- a topic previously avoided or proscribed in this august newspaper. Even more surprising have been the recent Times stories about sexual activity in the West Bank, a pastime also previously avoided or proscribed.


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Urine Nation

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Urine Nation: When Urinetown is transformed into a whole country. :

Incontinental: Unable to control one's urine on a flight between the United States and Europe.

Piss Soir: Urinating at night.

Pea Nuts: Urinating on a bag of piss stachios.

Piss Toll (Pistol): the effect on the body of uncontrollable...

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Stumping Trump

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 7:00 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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