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Millennial StagesEssays and Reviews 2001-2005$
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Robert Brustein

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115772

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115772.001.0001

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Plays and Productions

Plays and Productions

(p.43) Part Two Plays and Productions (p.44)
Millennial Stages

Robert Brustein

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that theater has many objectives. It can be a source of instruction and amusement. It can serve as a catalyst for painful emotions. It can operate as a criticism of life and society. It can create a link between the individual and the world. It can build a temporary community among strangers. Not least, it can provide great roles for strong actors. The season after September 11th has begun with two examples of this last objective, which illustrates most of the previous ones: Al Pacino's Arturo Ui and Fiona Shaw's Medea. Pacino first played the role of Arturo Ui about thirty years ago in a Theater Company of Boston production directed by David Wheeler. After capturing Hollywood's attention in a Public Theater production of The Indian Wants the Bronx, he did most of his later stage work with Wheeler's group. Pacino has always considered it an obligation of the serious-theater-trained movie star to return home periodically to hone his craft.

Keywords:   theater, instruction, amusement, emotions, great roles, strong actors, Al Pacino, Arturo Ui, Fiona Shaw, Medea

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