Embattled & emboldened: Arts & culture in the age of Trump

In these desperate political days when facts are being flicked away like flies, a minor incident in Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters” keeps replaying itself in my mind.

Ivan Chebutykin, an army doctor and an old friend of the Prozorov family, carelessly drops an expensive clock that Irina, the youngest of the Prozorov sisters, tells him belonged to her dead mother, whom he once loved.

Chebutykin, who adores the sisters but drinks too much, curiously replies: “Very possibly.  No doubt it was your mother’s if you say so, but what if I didn’t really break it, what if we only think I did?  What if we only think we exist and aren’t really here at all?  I know nothing and nobody else knows anything either.”


To read the entire Charles McNulty article in the March 24, 2017 Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-mcnulty-notebook-20170324-story.html

 

Charles McNulty

Theater Critic