Short Takes: Feb. 22, 1993

THEATER

Divinely Inspired or Deeply Deranged?

TWO DRAMAS CONVERGE IN SHAW'S SAINT JOAN. One is a political tale of a populist heroine put to death for taking seriously pietisms about God, King and country expounded by an elite that cares only about itself. The other is a metaphysical debate over whether this world has any place for the uncompromising rectitude of a saint. The shrewdness of Shaw's text -- and of Maryann Plunkett's sturdy Broadway performance -- is that both struggles are just as compelling whether the audience sees Joan as divinely inspired or as deeply deranged. The surrounding production by...

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