The Stage: The Rise of Rep

THE STAGE The Rise of Rep Repertory theater, never much of an institution in the U.S., has grown in recent years in every region of the country, and the movement is overdue. Rep companies are the tap source and five-foot shelf of theater in other nations; they give actors unmatchable experience, they try new forms, and they keep the so-called classics dusted.

A Rembrandt can be seen and Mel ville can be read; but Marlowe or Moliere are pale shadows in paperback. They must be performed on the stage to come alive, and...

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