Theater: Banked Fire

GOLDA by William Gibson

Golda is a conscientious, reverential, monumental bore. The real Golda Meir should sue.

William Gibson has written this play on the accordion principle. So many flash backs, so much research, such fragmentary and confusing changes of locale have been squeezed together that the show unfolds in minute pleats rather than full-bodied scenes. The only substantial character in the play is Golda, played with centripetal force by Anne Bancroft.

Golda's cabinet, generals, personal secretary, children, everybody except her artistically minded husband Morris (Gerald Hiken), seem to have been carted to the stage direct from Mme. Tussaud's. Unlike Mme. Tussaud's waxwork historical...

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