(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/30, via Pam Green.)

For decades, the Wooster Group warily circled Harold Pinter’s first play, “The Room.” The theater troupe — a fixture of the downtown New York experimental theater scene — never had quite the right configuration of actors, never quite the right opening in its schedule.

Two years ago, Elizabeth LeCompte, the group’s director and leading light, decided it was time. The company began working on the play and last fall staged preliminary performances in New York; next week it begins a full (albeit brief) run in Los Angeles.

But it has now hit a serious, and unusual, obstacle.


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