Way Off Broadway: New Rainier

More and more people are arguing that if classical theater is to be presented with any frequency in the U.S., it must be done at some remove from commercial Broadway. More and more people are doing something about it. From Minneapolis to Washington, San Francisco and Oklahoma City, the list of regional rep companies continues to grow. And in the city that Sir Thomas Beecham once called an "esthetic dustbin," the Seattle Repertory Theater has just begun its debut season.

Permanent Resident. Directed by Stuart Vaughan, 38, who ran Manhattan's old Phoenix rep company for five seasons and earlier spent...

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