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Revive Odets!

If nineteenth century realism (Chekhov, Ibsen, etc) centers on the living room—as a cross-section of middle-class daily life—Odets’s drama roots itself in the kommunalka-like apartments of the thirties, a disparate array of people packed together by poverty. To a surprising extent, that configuration all by itself gives the plays much of their dramatic charge.

On Theater and Theurgy: A Les Waters Compendium Illuminates the Director’s Craft

But nor is Waters, a king of experimental theater who recently graced Broadway with his extraordinary production of Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., about to let a book about his work become, itself, obvious or rote. So, interspersed between illuminating essays by Waters’s collaborators come his own idiosyncratic contributions.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2023

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