Repertory: The First Hippie

Whenever a play is revived, it is rewritten, to some extent, by its new audience. What was once vivid may now appear dim. What passed for honest emotion may now be disdained as gluey sentimentality. Each successive age accords authority only to its own brand of vision and sophistication.

All of these things have happened to William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, first performed 30 years ago and currently revived with care, affection and excellence by Director John Hirsch and the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. In the context of 1969, the play...

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