The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin
by Robert Wilson
James Joyce once said that he expected his readers to devote their entire lives to his work. Texas-born, 29-year-old Robert Wilson seems to concur. For four performances only at Brooklyn's Academy of Music, he assembled a twelve-hour dramatic extravaganza that began at 7 p.m. and ended at 7 a.m. It was a long day's night.
Stalin scants Stalin as well as conventional play making. It is a kind of lavish underwater ballet, a labyrinthine dream from which one cannot awaken, a slow-motion time study that...