The Theater: Greeks Bearing Gifts

Just a week after Paris' reigning theatrical couple had scored on Broadway (TIME, Nov. 24), it was Athens' turn. Heading the National Theater of Greece, Katina Paxinou and Alexis Minotis arrived for a two-week run, enacting (in modern Greek) the title roles of Sophocles' Electro, and Oedipus.

The situation of Electra is almost that of Hamlet: a royal father's murder, by his wife and her paramour, must be avenged. But the protagonists of the two plays could hardly be more different. Electra, with her brother Orestes, is all clenched purpose and will. Indeed, despite the language barrier, last week's production particularly brought...

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