The 25 Best Stage Shows of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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Nikolai and the Others

Richard Nelson’s Chekhovian play at Lincoln Center suggested post-war America as a second-coming of Czarism, where Russian expat artists could have their work subsidized in exchange for their cultural ambassadorship. Politics and art collided in its real-world characters (Stravinsky, Balanchine, et al.) as they spent a weekend in the countryside worrying about assimilation but also mostly just enjoying—and producing—great art.