Theater: The Czech Stage: Freedom's Last Barricade

Repressive Communism may once again be ascendant in Czechoslovakia, but there is one facet of Czech life where liberalism remains strong. TIME Correspondent Horace Judson spent a fortnight in Prague studying its burgeoning theater. His report:

IN Prague this spring, the opening night of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance brought unexpected and poignant audience involvement. Sophisticated Prague had thronged to the occasion —officials, diplomats, the liberal writers and intelligentsia. As they watched Albee's comedy of menace, laughter came in awkward places. For the Czechs, the plight of a suburban American family whose neighbors...

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