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‘Arguendo’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Can conduct communicate? In what instances do practices of non-speech— such as music, money, or dancing— become speech in the sense that they are then protected by the Constitution under the first amendment, the freedom of speech? Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company brings this notion to the table in the penultimate offering of their 34th Season: […]

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Magic Time! ‘Arguendo’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by John Stoltenberg

Watching Arguendo—an actual Supreme Court transcript staged cheekily for chuckles by Elevator Repair Service, the New York–based troupe specializing in literary vérité—is like watching a 70-minute Saturday Night Live sketch. The text faithfully depicts arguments before the Court in a 1990 case called Barnes vs. Glen Theatre,which litigated whether women dancing onstage for pay in a non-alcohol adult […]

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