Show Business: Candles of Culture

Too often, television seems esthetically a benighted land; the networks may curse the darkness they have created, but they leave it to the independent and educational channels to light candles of culture. Two glowing examples from the current season:

>The Esso Repertory Theater, a weekly, one-hour sampling of the U.S.'s flowering rep companies and the only major straight-drama series on TV. The 13 rep groups, winnowed from 22 auditioned by Producer David Susskind, stretch from Washington, D.C., to the state of Washington, and their repertory has a still wider reach—from Euripides to Beckett....

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