Israeli Theater Company's 'Mephisto' Invites Unwelcome Parallels to a Darker Period

Once upon a time in Nazi Germany, there was a brilliant actor who found himself collaborating with a nationalist dictatorship. Any resemblance to our present-day reality is purely coincidental.

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These are not halcyon days for Israeli theater: It is being targeted by the minister of culture. She is holding the whip of budget cuts over the heads of creative artists, and actors will be better off if they...