A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 29, 1971

NOT since Sophocles' Oedipus Rex opened to mixed reviews in the 5th century B.C. has the theater suffered for want of criticism.

Carrying on the tradition of his forebears is Theodores Efstathios Kalemkierides, better known as T.E. Kalem, TIME'S drama critic for the past decade. This week we publish more of Kalem's distinctive prose than usual. He reviews two Broadway openings, including Harold Pinter's Old Times in the Theater section, and assays Peter Brook's film version of King Lear in Cinema. All three articles underscore Kalem's reputation as one of the most demanding practitioners of his craft.

"A lot of Americans," he says,...

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