Plucked From Potter's Field

TITLE: ANTIGONE IN NEW YORK

AUTHOR: JANUSZ GLOWACKI

WHERE: ARENA STAGE, WASHINGTON

THE BOTTOM LINE: A Polish emigre wittily blends a classic theme with contemporary insight into immigrants and the homeless.

Life in communist Eastern Europe may have been hypocritical at best and brutal at worst, but it made its contribution to art. The ritual and melodrama of public existence, the need to express defiance in code, shaped a generation of visually imaginative, verbally polemic and metaphorically minded playwrights and directors. Many of them have enriched the U.S. stage as visitors or immigrants. None is funnier or a shrewder observer of...

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