Theater: Kongi's Harvest

Africa's most talked about playwright is Nigerian Wole Soyinka, 33, who has languished in jail since August on charges that he aided the Biafran secession. His voice is being heard loud and clear off Broadway. Two Soyinka one-acters were produced in November, and now the skillful and creative Negro Ensemble Company (TIME, Jan. 12) has undertaken his full-length Kongi's Harvest. In their hands, it is a considerably better production than it is a play, although there is some interest in seeing how an African writes about Africa's No. 1 problem: turning tribes into nations.

Kongi (Moses Gunn) is an Nkrumah-style dictator trying...

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