The Theater: License in the Park

MEASURE FOR MEASURE by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Any casual stroller who would like to think of the world's greatest playwright as the bawd of Avon will find plenty of license at Joseph Papp's production of Measure for Measure in Manhattan's Central Park. "Hence shall we see . . .

what our seemers be," says Duke Vincentio (Sam Waterston) as he sets out, disguised as a friar, to play God like some sadistic schoolboy among the seamy souls who inhabit his city. Vincentio wants to re-establish law-and-order, but he leaves the governing to Angelo, a...

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