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Friday, February 14th, 2014

Political Theater: ‘Breakfast with Mugabe’

"Breakfast with Mugabe," on extended run Off-Broadway in New York City, is set in Zimbabwe in 2001, on the eve of national elections. Based on newspaper reports of the time that alleged that Robert Mugabe had turned to a white Zimbabwean psychiatrist to help him cope with recurrent visitations by the ngozi, or malevolent spirit, of one...

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

New, Old South African Theater

In the “new South Africa … miracles leave us exactly where we began.” So says John, Julie’s servant, in Yael Farber’s play, Mies Julie, playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, suggesting that little has changed in...

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Summer List: More Readings in New Academic Books

Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl Nightingale (University of Chicago Press, 2012) examines the world history of segregation, highlighting the notorious role played by South Africa in dividing communities along racial lines (a central...

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Die Antwoord is Badass

The South African group Die Antwoord has a new album coming out next week with a major American music label. You can't but admire their hustle. Yesterday they debuted a new video for which they recruited...