Theater: Wizard of Anti-Magic

Once, the theater could begin as magic; magic at the sacred festival or magic as the footlights came up. Today . . . we must open our empty hands and show that really there is nothing up our sleeves. Only then can we begin.

—Peter Brook The Empty Space

Beware the magician who disclaims his own conjury. English Director Peter Brook may have none of the conventional stage illusions up his sleeve, but in such innovative productions as Marat/Sade and Seneca's Oedipus he showed himself to be a theatrical wizard nonetheless. Now, at...

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