(From the New Yorker, 6/14.)
Dostoyevsky probably never dreamed that his 1872 novel of late-nineteenth-century Imperial Russia, “The Demons,” would be adapted into Italian for the stage, to be directed by a German, to be presented in America—on Governor’s Island. But that’s exactly what Lincoln Center promises, as part of its annual summer festival, in a twelve-hour production that begins at 11 A.M. and includes lunch and dinner (July 10-11, in Italian, with English supertitles). Other Lincoln Center Festival offerings include “Musashi,” a Noh-inspired play involving a samurai revenge scenario circa 1600, directed by Yukio Ninagawa (July 7-10, in Japanese, with English supertitles); Simon McBurney and his London-based company Complicite, with “A Disappearing Number,” inspired by the work of the mathematicians G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan (July 15-18); and the Dutch troupe Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s “Teorema,” an adaptation of a Pier Paolo Pasolini novel and film about a middle-class family that is visited by a stranger (July 15-19; in Dutch with English supertitles).
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