The Theater: Aussie Absurdist


Absurdist playwrights like Ionesco and Pinter have taken as their special province the psychic discordance —both funny and unnerving—that occurs when words are out of sync with reality, as in a dubbed movie. This is at the root of Rooted, the first full-length play by Australia's Alexander Buzo, 28, which is being given its U.S. premiere by Connecticut's Hartford Stage Company. Buzo is no tracing-paper mimic; he is linked to Ionesco and Pinter by an intuitive kinship of mind, spirit and talent.

The play's hero, Bentley (Jack Murdock), speaks ad copy. He is the adjunct of his possessions,...

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