Theater: A Player's Map of the World

Chicago mounts a freewheeling international festival

During the past decade Chicago has nurtured the nation's liveliest regional- theater scene. Now a group of enterprising veterans of that inventive but often underfinanced milieu has undertaken to expose the city's audiences to the best of what the world has to offer. During May the $2.4 million Chicago International Theater Festival has featured four productions by Britain's National Theater, works by companies from Spain, Italy, Israel and Japan, and a stirring cry against apartheid by five black members of the Market Theater Company of South Africa--plus nearly a dozen shows by Chicago troupes, ranging from classics to sex farce. The...

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