Theater: Kdang!

Know thyself, said the ancients. Man cannot know himself, say the moderns. He is the enigma of enigmas, a brute wrapped in reason, an innocent ensnared in sensuality, a master builder of societies and civilizations who wrecks them like a frustrated child. This is the underlying theme of British Playwright Edward Bond's Narrow Road to the Deep North, which is having its U.S. premiere run at Boston's Charles Playhouse.

The play is vaguely set in Japan in about the 17th, 18th or 19th century. Dramatic purists might reject the entire work as being similarly vague, as too often cloaking murk in mystification....

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