Theater, The Unavoidably Political Art Form

In the U.S., “the largest new subject for theater is the complex of issues related to 9/11 and homeland security, in plays that have percolated through the development pipeline for three years. Arriving now, they inevitably impinge on electoral politics. But theater always does this: No matter how much it aspires to the ‘universal,’ it is grounded in real life, which pushes it toward politics.” Is theater right now any more political than usual, or is it just the audience that perceives it that way?