The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Dec. 26, 1955

Six Characters in Search of an Author (by Luigi Pirandello) remains, after some 30 years, one of the most fascinating of modern plays. As elsewhere in his work, but here with specially striking stagecraft, Pirandello wrote his own quizzical, gaily pessimistic brand of philosophic comedy. Strewing the stage with question marks, he asked—without answering—what is truth? reality? appearance? illusion? In Six Characters there seems less attempt to arrive at truth than to stress the impossibility of arriving at it.

On the surface, Six Characters suggests a half-frivolous fantasy. During a rehearsal of a Pirandello play, six characters suddenly invade the stage, insisting...

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