Books: Stagecraft ENTRANCES

ENTRANCES by Alan Schneider Viking; 416 pages; $25

When Alan Schneider died in London in 1984 as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident, the American theater lost a director who had staged the U.S. or world premieres of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Endgame, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Tennessee Williams' Slapstick Tragedy. Schneider personified the central virtue, and failing, of serious American stage artists: he so prized his integrity that he generally disdained Broadway and mistrusted popular success. He spent most of his later years directing novices at regional or university theaters, rather than have to contend with commercial pressures. Schneider...

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