Theater: Power and Lust

MACBETH by William Shakespeare

The Vivian Beaumont Theater at Manhattan's Lincoln Center is the dramatic equivalent of Russian roulette. It is played with breathtaking regularity at this house, which in 15 years of fitful existence has never had any precisely defined aesthetic goal or financial stability. As a result, the persisting apprehension is that any given season, even any given production, may be the last.

After Joseph Papp relinquished his caretakership in 1977, the theater was dark for three years. Relit this season under the overall command of Richmond Crinkley the Vivian Beaumont is...

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