THEATER: A DARKER ANNE FRANK

A NEW VERSION OF THE HOLOCAUST DRAMA TRIES TO MOLLIFY ITS CRITICS

It is one of the most famous, and oddest, closing lines of any American play. "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart," the doomed heroine says at the end of The Diary of Anne Frank. The words, taken from the real Anne's journal, were designed to give Broadway audiences an uplifting scoot out the door, a parting affirmation of the human spirit. But it worked only if you didn't think too hard about what happened to the characters in real life. Anne and the seven family members and friends who spent two years hiding...

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