At least someone is laughing: At Iraq's National Theater a one-act play called "The Intensive Care Unit" satirizes the country's bombed-out chaos. The prevailing mood, the Washington Post reports, is jovial and non-sectarian; performances are all matinees because no one dares venture out at night.
The US invasion liberated Iraqi theater of Saddam Hussein-stye censorship, but the alternative hasn't been an improvement for the theater community. "Yes, now we perform what we want. But this freedom is soaked in blood," one Iraqi director tells the Post. Many have been targeted and killed by religious extremists. Many others have fled the country. Those who are lucky enough to perform are unpaid. "If we wanted money," one quips, "we would go looting."