The Theater: Bargain-Basement Theater

The postage-stamp stage was set in the middle of a long, rectangular room that had once been a synagogue. Banked in two long tiers, the audience craned to watch the play as though peering from the ends of a bowling alley. But no one complained. Off-Broadway patrons have long since learned not to insist on comfortable surroundings. Any distress at last week's off-Broadway opening of August Strindberg's Easter was caused by the play and the production, not by the theater. To come off at all, the palely symbolic, poorly translated Easter—which creates joy...

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