Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s theatrical production is beautifully crafted


Heather Mitchell gives a virtuoso performance. Photo: Prudence Upton/Sydney Theater Company

Writing a play about the life and legacy of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was always going to be an ambitious task for playwright Suzie Miller.

Ginsburg (or “RBG” to her many fans) was only the second female judge to be appointed to the court bench in its more than 200-year history, when she was elevated to court in 1993, at the age of 60.

Throughout her life, she was much admired for her pioneering legal career, her work advocating for gender equality, and her thoughtful dissenting judgments against the often conservative majority ruling.

At the same time, during his lifetime and after his death, RBG was attacked for having openly criticized former US President Donald Trump during the presidential race and for not having resigned from the court during Obama’s presidency, despite his advanced age and his diagnosis of cancer.

When RBG finally died during the Trump presidency, she could not be replaced by another Democratic appointee, leading the court to become even more conservative.


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