Theater: A Parable of Destiny

War and Peace. When a massive novel is adapted for the stage, what the playgoer almost invariably sees is the skeleton of the book and the embryo of a play. A sense of events and characters killed for lack of space, of people and relationships underdeveloped for lack of time is present in this Phoenix Theater presentation of the Tolstoy classic, but it has an evocative life that refuses to be smothered. Thanks to Ellis Rabb's inventive direction, a substantial fraction of the surge, scope and thematic intention of the novel comes over the...

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