Theater: Bold, Visual, Spectacular

At the Olympic Arts Festival, drama from home and abroad

The curtain rose June 7 and will not descend until July 22. In the interim, 30 theatrical companies, rep resenting 13 countries and ranging from the four square traditional to the cryptically avantgarde, will have shown their wares at Los Angeles' Olympic Arts Festival. By last week the offerings already had a definite, almost made-in-California stamp: bold, even daring, with an emphasis on the visual and spectacular.

Predictably good was the curtain raiser, England's Royal Shakespeare Compa ny in a production of Much Ado...

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