New Musicals: A Guide to Modcom

Hair begat Salvation, and this new musical is an aesthetically retarded child. However, Salvation is instructive because it epitomizes a specific kind of phoniness that began with Hair and surfaced again in Promenade and the Living Theater. What knits these shows together is something that might be called Modcom.

Modcom is the commercial exploitation of modernity without regard for dramatic art. Modcom peddles the youth cult as a product. It is replete with cynical counterfeits of innocence, freedom and dissent. Enough evidence has now accumulated about how to put together a Modcom...

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