Theater: A Trick But Not a Treat

Laterna Magika is a marriage of drama, music and movies, and it develops both the hoopla and the problems of the ménage a trois. Invented by two clever Czechs named Alfred and Emil Radok, Laterna Magika is presented on a split-level stage surrounded and intersected by movie screens: wide screens, narrow screens, square screens, round screens—one, two, five, ten, thirteen screens illuminated by three projectors projecting several pictures at the same time and the whole gazingstock accompanied by a skull-splitting roar of stereophonic sound.

Last week after a six-year run in Prague and several tours of Europe, Laterna Magika arrived for a...

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