The Theater: Classics Revisited

Like virtually everything in the theater, the revival is an enterprise of high risk. In addition to normal hazards, it must compete with the playgoer's memories of past productions or expectations aroused in the classroom or the library. In an era of relative creative dearth like the present, a spate of revivals comes to the fore as the theater's defensive mechanism of survival. Some are delightful, some are dreadful, all are instructive; it is invariably interesting to see what the effects of time, changing values or an altered milieu have had on...

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