Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Communications |

The Brecht Performance

Sirs: My recent essay on the drama by Brecht ended with a prognosis concerning his The Private Life of the Master Race: Brecht…tried to give a picture of Germany (even today, with all the ghastly facts which have become known, an unknown country) from the outside. Eyewitnesses may soon correct him. But what he achieved is a living picture of human conditions in their social context, under the impact of special deforming circumstances, the historical meaning of which can be understood everywhere. All this comes clear in the English translation, and production on the American stage would prove it. It certainly did not come clear in the improvised production of a part of the play in New York by the so-called Theatre of All Nations. This performance proved only---at least to the experienced critics whose job it is to select entertainment values for exacting audiences---that the waste land of dilettantism begins, in most cases, where the restricted area of organized t

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