Recalling the Hubris of Orson Welles

DanColumnby Dan Hagen
NP Columnist

I think the producer, director, author and actor John Houseman’s three volumes of memoirs, in recounting his half-happenstance career, manage to do as good a job as I’ve seen of evoking the adventure of theatrical production.

The meshing and conflicting personalities, the late-night bonding, the technical challenges, the economic uncertainties, the creative dead ends, the mysteries of inspiration, the unexpected triumphs, the passion, the romantic ephemerality of each production as the applause surges, echoes and then dies — fascinating and romantic stuff.     Login or Subscribe to read the rest of this story.

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