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Tony Kushner: a political playwright?

The Pulitzer-winning playwright's work—now showing at London's Tricycle Theatre—has always been politically controversial. But on stage, as in life, politics is only part of the story

By John Nathan   September 2010

Kate Eifrig and Valeri Mudek in Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or ‘Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein’ or Ambivalence. Photo: Michal Daniel

Tonight, critics arrive at North London’s Tricycle Theatre to view—for the first time in Britain—five one-act plays by the American dramatist Tony Kushner, collectively called Tiny Kushner. One of the playlets in the group, Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, made the author paranoid to the point of a “kind of panic.” The group the play was about, he says, are “very vindictive people.”

He is talking about Republicans—or some of them. They were in…

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