The View from Abroad

America has long been a source of inspiration for artists around the globe. But at the moment, when U.S. power is unmatched, the view of America from abroad seems suddenly darker and more caustic. A s

THEATER Transsexuals, guys in diapers--and a President who sucks his thumb

Fat ladies and opera go together, but rarely has so much weight been thrown around onstage as in Jerry Springer--The Opera. The musical version of the sleazoid TV talk show is filled with big people with big hair wailing about their big problems. A portly fellow with a luminous tenor confesses that he is cheating on his wife with a transsexual. A bridegroom-to-be strips off his clothes to reveal a diaper fetish. A sluttish young woman battles with her mother over her aspiration to become a pole dancer. Running commentary...

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