Bill Marx has a great piece over at the Arts Fuse on the role that timeliness plays in a work's reception and how books come into and go out of fashion. Marx dishes on reviews of the Williamstown Theater Festival's now closed production of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Physicists and the critics' various takes on how the playwright fits into the current zeitgeist, given his play's nuclear theme. Interesting but disheartening to read that Shakespeare's stock is looking to drop even further in the next fifty years, too.
Marx's post went up a good week and a half ago, but since we're reviewing perceptions of timeliness, I'm hoping that my delay in writing about it might be pardonable as in keeping with the spirit of the thing.
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