Theater: Blood Feud

AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer

The death of God, the need for God, the rage against God if he does exist have obsessed Britain's Peter Shaffer for more than a decade. He has written three psychodramas that are, in a way that no author of an adulterous farce could imagine, plays about the eternal triangle. Two men are pitted against each other under the baleful or indifferent eye of a God who is present but never made manifest.

This phase of Shaffer's career began with The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964). In that play, Atahuallpa,...

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