Classical Spellbinder

TITLE: LES ATRIDES

AUTHORS: EURIPIDES AND AESCHYLUS

WHERE: PARK SLOPE ARMORY, BROOKLYN

THE BOTTOM LINE: Ariane Mnouchkine of France, one of the foremost stage auteurs, illumines Athenian tragedy.

In Anglo-American theater, the most important creative artist is normally the playwright or an actor. On Continental stages, from Munich to Moscow, it is almost always the director, who becomes as much of an auteur as in film. Even classic texts serve as mere points of departure.

Of the Western world's foremost auteurs, none is more distinctive and idiosyncratic -- or less culturally bonded to the West -- than Ariane Mnouchkine of France....

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