KEAN: Sartre's Secret

PBS, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16

September also marks the beginning of the TV year for PBS and "Masterpiece Theater." In this two-part series, the season's opener, they share the pleasure of revealing one of France's best-kept secrets: Jean-Paul Sartre is a very funny man. Kean, which he wrote for the Paris stage 25 years ago, is the proof. Loosely based on the life of Britain's great 19th century actor, Edmund Kean, it can only be described as an existential farce, a humorous assault on both head and heart.

Kean was the first superstar, an Olivier onstage and an Errol Flynn...

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