Theater: The Memorandum

In his first season as impresario of off-Broadway's Public Theater, Producer Joseph Papp has rocked his subscribers with the original production of Hair (see above), shocked them with a freewheeling fantasia on the theme of Hamlet, and socked them with the allegorical, enigmatical Ergo (TIME, March 8). The theater's latest offering, spiky satire from Czechoslovakia called The Memorandum, winds up its season with a nervous laugh.

The Memorandum was written in 1965 by Vaclav Havel, 33, one of Czechoslovakia's leading playwrights. As a satirist, Havel is fortunate to have the doctrinaire rigidities of a Communist society as a mockable target. Memorandum, first...

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