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By Prof. Robert Brustein

A significant determine on the planet of theater as critic, playwright, pupil, instructor, director, actor, and manufacturer, Robert Brustein bargains a distinct viewpoint at the American level and its artists. during this clever, witty, and wide-ranging choice of contemporary writings, Brustein examines the most important concerns with regards to theater within the post-9/11 years, examining particular performs, rising and proven performers, and theatrical construction through the global. Brustein relates our theater to our society in a fashion that reminds us why the acting arts matter.
Millennial Stages files Brustein’s considering at the vital concerns “roiling the nationwide soul” first and foremost of the twenty-first century. His starting part explores the connections among theater and society, theater and politics, and theater and faith, and it's via studies of such landmark productions as The Producers and Spamalot, Long Day’s trip into evening and King Lear. In his ultimate part, Brustein displays on humans and locations of value on the earth of theater at the present time, together with Marlon Brando and Arthur Miller and Australia and South Africa.

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My review concluded with a mock challenge to Kerr. I offered to stop covering Broadway musicals if he would agree to stop reviewing serious off-Broadway works. Kerr treated my proposal with the disdainful silence that it probably deserved. And he was even more lofty when, after abandoning my critic’s job for the next thirteen years, I moved to New Haven to start the Yale Repertory Theatre. Kerr wanted to come up to review some of our productions. I wrote to him that these were essentially workshop projects of a developing company that should not be subjected to the hit-flop standards of the commercial theatre.

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