Theater: Blood Bath

The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, by Peter Weiss, is a hypodermic needle plunged directly into the playgoer's emotional bloodstream. It hypnotizes the eye and bruises the ear. It shreds the nerves; it vivisects the psyche—and it may scare the living daylights out of more than a few playgoers.

As its endless title too literally explains, it is a play within a play—a dramatization of the dagger slaying of the French revolutionary leader who was killed...

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