Theater: Ghosts Walk in Appalachia

FOXFIRE by Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn

Time present and time past. Both are vividly evoked in diametrically opposed plays now running in New York City theaters. David Mamet's Edmond gazes hypnotically into the bubbling cauldron of the modern urban inferno. All egos are rampant, all values degraded, all souls for sale, all hope abandoned. Hell on the installment plan.

But the U.S. is a contradictory nation, a place of displaced memories. Outpacing time and history in a willful torrent of assumed progress, the American forgets that his country was founded as the New Jerusalem. Only when some isolated pocket of that dream...

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