The Theater: Vandal Sacks Atreus


Revisionist drama has become the bane of the theater. It is merciful that Shakespeare, Chekhov and Aeschylus are not alive to view the bizarre "improvements" inflicted upon their classic works by the whims of directors like Peter Brook and Andrei Serban.

To the Rumanian-born Serban, who has become the latest fad hero of the self-styled experimentalists, the text is simply a mask that must be ripped off to reveal the unconscious, irrational blood flow of the play. The dramatist is presumed unable to capture the Id of his work in words, so the director imposes a distracting new subtext that...

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