Revive Odets!By Sam Kahn
If nineteenth century realism (Chekhov, Ibsen, etc) centers on the living roomas a cross-section of middle-class daily lifeOdetss 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 CraftBy Joey Sims
But nor is Waters, a king of experimental theater who recently graced Broadway with his extraordinary production of Lucas Hnaths Dana H., about to let a book about his work become, itself, obvious or rote. So, interspersed between illuminating essays by Waterss collaborators come his own idiosyncratic contributions.