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The New Yorker October 24, 2016

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2 min.

Evan Osnos (“Kaine Country,” p. 40) writes about politics and foreign affairs for the magazine. His book “Age of Ambition” won the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction. Margaret Talbot (Comment, p. 19), a staff writer, is the author of “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century.” Stephanie Clifford (“A Shot to the Heart,” p. 26) was a Times reporter for eight years. “Everybody Rise,” her début novel, came out in 2015. She is now working on her second. John Lahr (“Walking Tall,” p. 34) has written for The New Yorker since 1992. His book “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Annelyse Gelman (Poem, p. 47) is the author of the poetry collection “Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone.” Malika Favre (Cover) is…

3 min.
the mail

WHAT TRUMP WOULD DO After I read of the horrors that Evan Osnos foresees in a hypothetical Trump Administration, it seemed perverse to wish he had said more, but I did (“President Trump’s First Term,” September 26th). Understandably, Osnos doesn’t focus on Trump’s impact on environmental law and regulation—Trump hasn’t talked about those issues much. But, as with his other policies, there is enough information to predict the outcome, and to know that, by any measure, it would be devastating. On Twitter, Trump has decried climate change as a “hoax” and a “con job,” as “mythical,” “nonexistent,” and “bullshit.” While the Republican Party leadership might, as Osnos points out, act as a buffer against the candidate’s loopier positions on many issues, they are behind their man on climate change and environmental…

5 min.
goings on about town

CLASSICAL MUSIC OPERA Metropolitan Opera When it isn’t trafficking in grotesque caricatures of hairy Turks and pot-bellied eunuchs, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s otherwise attractive 1973 production of “L’Italiana in Algeri” celebrates the profound goofiness and contagious energy of an opera that uses spaghetti as a critical plot device. The Italians in the cast, Marianna Pizzolato (a vocally plain Isabella) and Nicola Alaimo (Taddeo), bring sly humor to their roles, while Rene Barbera (an affable Lindoro), Ildar Abdrazakov (a scene-chewing Mustafa), and Ying Fang (a soaring Elvira) offer sonic lustre. In the pit, the conductor James Levine hits a winning stride with Rossini’s fun and fizzy score. (Oct. 20 at 7:30 and Oct. 22 at 8.) • Also playing: A revival of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” features fine singing from Simon Keenlyside (seductive and insinuating in…

24 min.
the theatre

Russian Unorthodox The immersive-theatre craze comes to Broadway. In an era of binge-watching, live-tweeting, and the Oculus Rift, how can theatre compete as all-consuming entertainment? Perhaps it’s our desire to be more than spectators—to be sucked headlong into alternative worlds—that has fuelled the recent boom in immersive theatre, which trades the fourth wall for winding hallways and dance floors, in the hope of giving audiences not a show but an “experience.” The genre erupted thanks to “Sleep No More,” devised by the British troupe Punchdrunk as a kind of noirish dreamscape, through which patrons wander in pagan masks. Its New York incarnation opened in 2011, in a five-floor Chelsea building refashioned as an old hotel, and became an unexpected sensation. Scrappy, intrepid theatre companies followed suit, with site-specific shows like “The Grand Paradise”…

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Déjeuner sur l’Herbe Bhima dines on Dussasana’s viscera, in a Kathakali show. Ancient epics are full of grisly deeds. In “Beowulf,” the hero yanks Grendel’s arm off and hangs it, dripping, from the rafters of the mead hall. In the Iliad, Achilles, after killing Hector, attaches that noble man’s body to the back of his chariot and drags it through the dirt in front of Troy’s walls. But even these events are outdone by the Sanskrit Mahabharata. There Draupadi, wife of the five Pandava brothers— famed warriors all—has been disgraced by an enemy prince, Dussasana, who dragged her into court by her hair. For justice, she turns to Krishna, the great god, swearing that she will never again braid her hair until she can anoint it first with the blood of Dussasana. War…

9 min.

OPENING American Pastoral Reviewed in Now Playing. Opening Oct. 21. (In limited release.) • Fire at Sea A documentary by Gianfranco Rosi, about the arrival of migrants on the island of Lampedusa. Opening Oct. 21. (In limited release.) • The Handmaiden Reviewed this week in The Current Cinema. Opening Oct. 21. (In limited release.) • Moonlight Barry Jenkins directed this drama, about a young man in Miami who is grappling with his homosexual desires. Starring Ashton Sanders, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali, and Naomie Harris. Opening Oct. 21. (In limited release.) NOW PLAYING The Accountant This thrill-free thriller, written by Bill Dubuque and directed by Gavin O’Connor, piles up plotlines like an overbuilt house of cards that comes crashing down at the first well-earned guffaw of ridicule. The disaster-by-numbers is all the more lamentable…