The Theater: Down with the Proscenium!

"To see Shakespeare plain, you have to see him on a platform stage," said Brooks Atkinson, venerable drama critic of the venerable New York Times, last week after watching the production of seven Shakespearean plays at the Theater Festival of Ohio's Antioch College. The plays were all minor (e.g., Coriolanus, Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens), the actors were hardly more than adequate, the productions unfinished. But even so, the performances on Antioch's open-air platform stage were, in Atkinson's opinion, proof that "the sort of marshmallow Shakespeare represented by the Katharine Hepburn As You Like It a few seasons ago ......

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