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April 27   -   ArtsJournal: music

How Playwrights Have Been Putting A Spotlight On Gun Violence In America

"Cite the numbers, and the problem instantly becomes too vast to grasp: More than 33,000 people killed and upward of 78,000 wounded by firearms each year in the United States ... This is where the stealthy power of theater has an advantage, at least theoretically. ... News reports arrive after the fact, but theater can meddle with time and dimension, showing us the before, the during, the yet to come." Laura Collins-Hughes surveys the plays that have been exploring the issue.

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