Theater: Pacifist Manifesto

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance. Give some playwrights a stage and they turn it into a combination lecture platform and thundering pulpit. Scarcely bothering to dramatize their themes, they simply harangue the playgoer as if he were a retarded child or a calloused sinner.

It is greatly to be feared that Britain's John Arden is just such a playwright. In this play he has managed to fulminate for very nearly three hours on General Sherman's admirably succinct text: War is hell.

Serjeant Musgrave (John Colicos) is a deserter from a station in an unidentified British protectorate of a century ago. The slaying of a buddy...

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