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‘April, 2017’

“Angel” & “Echoes” on machismo underlying Islamic and colonial repression

“Angel” & “Echoes” on machismo underlying Islamic and colonial repression

Drawing on the crises of the Middle East, London playwright Henry Naylor has produced two powerful, insightful plays about women who struggle to defeat the machismo that incites Islamic militants. And which is hardly limited to the Islamic world. Naylor, 51, is a man with a strong feminist sensibility and a keen eye for drama. He shows in works that are political as well as theatrical how the domination and abuse of women is part of the psyche of political repression.

Trump, tax evasion and what Americans really need to do: #abolishtaxhavens

Trump, tax evasion and what Americans really need to do: #abolishtaxhavens

April 16, 2017 – The “Trump pay your taxes/tell us what you paid” protests around the country on Tax Day April 15th matter only if they are the beginning of a movement by the Berniecrats (since the Clintonites have finessed the issue) to deal with the institutionalized tax cheating effected by open scams such as the carried interest fraud which says that people who run hedge funds should pay a lower rate on their personal profits than anybody else. Why do they get that? Because they have paid off members of Congress to allow it. The Dems and Trump have said they are against it, but if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you.

O’Neill’s radical “The Hairy Ape” enthralls

O’Neill’s radical “The Hairy Ape” enthralls

You might never see a more powerful, stunning production of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” than this one directed by Richard Jones and starring Bobby Cannavale at the Park Avenue Armory. It’s a very early O’Neill work, first produced in 1922, a time of radical ferment in the U.S., and it is imbued with the young man’s poetic and fierce attack on capitalist exploitation of workers and the inequality that engenders. Which makes it a very modern play as well.