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Minou Arjomand

The performance started with three actors standing behind the reference desk of the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, alternately reading sentences from the first pages of the novels. Across from them, Rubin projected a column of text from each novel that highlighted lines as they were spoken. The speed of delivery accelerated with each line, until suddenly the projected columns began to spin like a slot machine. More…

In 2007, I went to Peter Stein’s stultifying ten-hour production of Schiller’s Wallenstein trilogy in Berlin. The one redeeming element was that I got to sit next to Robert Wilson and his identically dressed but much shorter assistant for eight of the ten hours (they arrived two hours late). Wilson slept most of the time but jolted awake at the second intermission. Unfolding his limbs, he said: “This is awful. Let’s burn down the theater.” More…