Theater: Disorientation As An Art Form

Art Form At 20, the American Repertory still baffles and delights

A tall man in a tweed sports jacket walks back and forth along the aisles of the theater, gabbling into a microphone about the auteurist theory of stage direction. Then he drags recalcitrant actors from the wings and introduces them by their real names. After angry debate, they undertake to improvise scenes that will define their 1920s Sicilian characters, only to have the speaker break in and say they have talked enough. All the while, an impish man uses a video camera to record the proceedings and simultaneously project them onto a screen at center stage. The cameraman narrates a "documentary"...

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