Theater: Violated Souls

A LESSON FROM ALOES

Athol Fugard has earned his credentials as the dramatic conscience of South Africa. For two decades he has audited the cruel costs of apartheid. Though he is white, Fugard does not confine himself to the barbarities visited by state policy upon the blacks and the mixed bloods who are labeled "coloreds." He indicts the impoverishment of spirit and the warping distortion of moral energy that engulf whites as well as blacks.

Fugard's latest drama concerns violated souls: three people who have been reduced to the bleak courage of despair. The aloe is a prickly outcast of a...

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