The Theater: Bard Becalmed

Twelfth Night and

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespear

There is no law that requires the American Shakespeare Theater at Stratford, Conn, to vary its productions between the barely adequate and the eminently atrocious. It is just the sloppy custom of the place. The sad truth is that a merely average revival of a classic, whether by Shakespeare or some other great playwright, leaves only the forlorn impression of a weighted balloon. It takes superior acting, direction and a current of passion and imagination to raise it gloriously aloft. Stratford opened its 20th season...

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