Theater: Young Blood

SPRING AWAKENING by Frank Wedekind

Pity the adolescent caught between the grip of nature and the vise of society. At puberty, nature rushes him toward sexual awareness. Society puts up a fence of conventions. In this play, written in repressively conventional 1891 by German Playwright Frank Wedekind, some of the adolescents are impaled on the fence.

With an aptly symbolic hand, the bril liant Rumanian director-designer Liviu Ciulei has erected a high mesh screen across the middle of Joseph Papp's off-Broadway Public Theater. All scenes of institutional ritual occur behind it. Before it is a...

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