An Iranian playwright, without a passport and unable to leave his country, created a one-person play all about control and submission. Actors see the script for the first time on stage, as they start their first and only performance before a paying audience. The experience has spurred total panic in seasoned actors.
Robert Mugabe turns 90 this week and he has been ruling Zimbabwe for 34 years. To his critics, Mugabe is a revolutionary-turned-tyrant, but to his psychiatrist, Dr. Peric, he's just another patient. Or at least that's the premise of the off-Broadway play "Breakfast with Mugabe."
If you look at theater today, you'll find works that are either very old or relatively new, but not much in between. Few of the plays being performed date from the time between Shakespeare's death almost 400 years ago and the late 19th century. But there are great plays — and they are full of sex, treachery, ambition and passion.
Millions of people know the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion, thanks to its movie adaptation, My Fair Lady. But the Hollywood version could never have happened without a change that Shaw hated — a happy ending.
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