Directors: Last Bow for Barrault?

Jean Louis Barrault is one of the towering figures of the French stage. A brilliant mime and tragedian, he has also been a potent instigator of dramatic innovation as director of the Théâtre de France, giving world premières of works by such playwrights as Beckett, lonesco and Genet. Last week Barrault interrupted rehearsals at his company's permanent home, the Odéon Theater on Paris' Left Bank, to announce that he had been dismissed as its director. The coup de grâce was administered in a curt letter from his old friend, André Malraux, France's Minister of Culture, who had asked...