Theater: Slain Dragon

THE DEATH OF VON RICHTHOFEN AS WITNESSED FROM EARTH by Des McAnuff

Presumably McAnuff, who wrote, composed and directed this "play with flying and songs," knows what it is all about, but he isn't telling. The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth is incredibly self-indulgent, pretentious, inane, murky and interminable.

Stage right features a sandbagged gun emplacement manned by two semi-jocular Australian gunners (Robert Joy and

Mark Linn-Baker), whom McAnuff apparently fantasizes as clones of Waiting for Godot's Estragon and Vladimir. Stage left features the ornate living quarters of the Red Dragon, Manfred Von Richthofen (John Vickery), who is sometimes joined by...

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