The Theater: Cutting Session

THE TOOTH OF CRIME

by SAM SHEPARD

Sam Shepard is a tantalizing playwright. At 28 he has had a dozen or so plays produced. Each has a beat rather than a shape. What is fiercely staccato, and possibly feverishly sick in contemporary U.S. life, holds an undeniable fascination for him.

He is quite good at isolating pockets and spasms and rumbles of life that the "straight" American uneasily feels are going on behind his back, or under his feet, or over his head. Shepard is a sensitive monitor of what might be called the Cross-Over...

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