Broadway World: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Starry Reading of Brecht’s Anti-Nazi Play

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Steven Maler welcomed the audience to this one-night only staged reading of Fear and Misery in the Third Reich at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College with a preview of the 2018 season. Following in the wake of Bertolt Brecht’s cautionary anti-Nazi play are such titles as Death and the Maiden, The Scottish Play, and Richard III. By way of explanation, Maler suggests that it is necessary to look at the past and learn from it in order to have a context for understanding the present. One must hope that these dark coming attractions will be as skillfully realized as the dozen and a half Brecht playlets which Maler directed with an accomplished cast of thirteen, headlined by notable stage and screen actors Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams.

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