Theater: Amateur Night

Danton's Death, by Georg Buechner. Physically, the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Lincoln Center Repertory's new home, is resplendent (see SHOW BUSINESS). Financially, this theater company is the richest in the U.S. Dramatically, it is bankrupt. Under its new directors, Herbert Blau and Jules Irving, Lincoln Center begins its third season by patting together another of a seemingly endless series of dramatic mudpies.

Georg Buechner was an angry young German of the early 19th century. He was 21 when he wrote this play, and only 23 when he died. If he were alive today, he would presumably burn his draft card and...

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