New Plays: Act of Atonement

Some playwrights bring their lives into the theater. Others bring only their reading lists. The Man in the Glass Booth proves that Playwright Robert Shaw, the English actor and novelist, has read accounts of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, as well as Hannah Arendt's book Eichmann in Israel and the comments on Hannah Arendt's book. Unfortunately, his play recapitulates the past without transforming it. It raises the stale questions of German guilt, Jewish passivity and the paranoic personality of the archkiller, along with a recital of atrocities. But it offers no fresh illumination.

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