Theater: The Self Is Not for Knowing

To Clothe the Naked. In Luigi Pirandello's plays, the bait of appearance masks the hook of reality, but the mysterious fish of life is never caught. As Pirandello saw it, man is involved in the futile illusion and the obsessive quest of trying to catch and know his unknowable self.

Dramatically, this quest almost always takes the form of a secret to be ferreted out. In Naked, the secret seems to lie with a disconsolate governess. A child in her care has dropped to its death from a terrace. As a result, she loses her job, her fiance, and attempts suicide....

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