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The year in theater: Drama reigns in 2014
The year in theater: Drama reigns in 2014

The year isn't exactly ending on a high note. Rage over racial injustice, shocking reports of U.S. torture and the promise of even more governmental gridlock in 2015. Dare I even mention Taylor Swift's reign as queen of the pop charts? Faith in our democracy isn't easy to sustain these days, but a theater critic can look back with some pride on a theatrical year in which tough questions were addressed, complexity was welcomed and the boundary between self and other was momentarily washed away in a stream of artfully channeled empathy. Politics was in, privileged self-absorption was out. Were there new musicals? I can hardly remember. It was a year for serious drama,...

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