THEATER ABROAD: Passage to the Stage

Doing a stage version of E. M. Forster's novel, A Passage to India, is a little like trying to rewrite the Bhagavad-Gita as a sonnet. In the 36 years since its publication, one of the 20th century's great novels has again and again mocked the attempts of adapters; its widespread profusion of scenes and its intricate undertones to a clash of cultures long eluded the stage. Last week in Oxford, the professional Oxford Playhouse proved that the job had at last been done, and successfully. The adapter, in her first try at...

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