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In the latest edition of After Hours: Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Enemy of the People,” was the subject for a mock trial at the yearly gala hosted by the Lawyers Committee for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Also, Peter Gutmann looks at Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” and the latest book reviews…
Something in the Water Each year, the Lawyers Committee for the Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts a gala that takes an element from one of the theater’s productions and turns it into into a mock trial. The show at hand was last week’s mock trial based on the case of Stockmann vs. Stockmann in the 1882 Henrik Ibsen play, “Enemy of the People.” by Emma Schwartz
Gotta Sing ‘The Mikado’ Generations of amateurs and professionals alike have enjoyed W.S. Gilbert’s and Arthur Sullivan’s wonderful work — including their best-known production, “The Mikado” — even before their copyrights expired in 1961. by Peter Guttman
The Tragic Hero Who Changed Baseball’s Rules The concept of the tragic hero is both a foundation of storytelling and, of course, a wretched clich�. But writers have little choice when humans are involved. In that sense, Curt Flood is an ideal subject for Brad Snyder’s new work, A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports. by James Oliphant
�South Park’ Conservative In his new book, The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back, Andrew Sullivan takes aim at the ideology favored by Christian fundamentalists in the Republican ranks. The work is an impassioned defining of conservatism — and then a deft distancing of it from the presidency of George W. Bush. by Nathan Carlile
Rebel, Muckraker, Scholar When done well, journalism is an intellectual pursuit. In fact, all journalists today who have intellectual pretensions owe something to I.F. Stone. As a new anthology that includes 65 of his essays will show, Stone used allusions to Socrates, Martin Luther, and other decidedly unfashionable historical figures while writing the contemporary journalism of expos�. by Steve Weinberg

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