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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Year of Indefatigable Women by Glenda Frank

WIT journal: Television has been anticipating a woman president for years. In “Madam Secretary” Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) rose to a vice-presidential candidate; in “The Veep,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s character succeeded to the presidency; on “Scandal,” a powerful Washington crisis-manager (Kerry Washington) is also the president’s confidante. The skits on the satirical “Saturday Night Live” played Hillary Clinton as a sure thing.

In New York theatre there is an impetus to promote visibility for women. More new playwrights and directors are appearing off and off off-Broadway. Although the best feminist or woman-centered productions this season have familiar names, the message is empowerment (or its lack).

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