The Theatre: Revival in Manhattan: Dec. 23, 1940

King Lear. Erwin Piscator, 47, is the slight, grey son of a German Protestant family of Hessen-Nassau. He was drafted into the German Army during World War I, directed front-line theatricals. During the post-war social crisis he became a leading German radical impresario, a theatre figure almost as big as Max Reinhardt. He produced great plays frankly as propaganda, stressed all possible class-war angles, emphasized mass effects rather than individual actors. Determined to get his audiences "into" the plays, he abolished the curtain, had actors play in the aisles, loudspeakers sound from all...

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