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Václav Havel plays offer a good night of theater

Each of these three semiautobiographical shorts by Czech dissident Václav Havel contains the same protagonist, Ferdinand Vanek, an activist playwright who is less a character per se and more a dramatic principle of morality. In the Kafkaesque short, "Audience" (the…
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Recount Needed

Wasn't Tuesday's voting experience satisfying? We inked-in neat, black arrows beside our favorite and next-favorite candidates, watched the ES&S Optech IIIP Eagle vote-counting machine chew through ballots, walked home wearing an "I Voted" sticker, and before we knew it, we…
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Culture, Stage

Temptation

Conceived in the early 1980s while its author served time in prison for his political views, Václav Havel's Temptation manipulates the legend of Faust into a metaphor for the writer's mistrust of dogma and absolutism. The play centers on one…
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Culture, Stage

"100 Years of Political Theatre, Series B"

Eastenders' rotating festival of one-acts revives political theater from (mostly) the 20th century. "Series B," which alternates with "Series A" and "Series C," consists of '70s-era plays by Athol Fugard and Vaclav Havel. Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality…
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Culture, Stage

The Memorandum

Vaclav Havel's 1965 play is a provocative farce about a bureaucracy's attempts to improve communication by introducing an artificial language called Ptydep into the workplace. But to maintain the pristine order of Ptydep and to prevent it from developing nuances…
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