January 23, 1959

IAKOVOS KAMBANELLIS: Karolos Koun’s Art Theater is continuing its commendable effort to stage quality plays by foreign and Greek playwrights, with the premiere next Wednesday of a modern drama by Greece’s Iakovos Kambanellis, «The Age of Night.» The play is the third part in a trilogy also comprising «The Seventh Day of Creation» and «Court of Miracles,» which develop the same theme – that is, the problems faced by three different social classes. (The latter deals with the working class, the former with the petite bourgeoisie while the third, «Age of Night,» concerns itself with the bourgeoisie.) Kambanellis himself says the main theme of this play is a concern for the future, as seen through the almost pathological love of a father for his son, thus creating a subconscious reaction on the part of the son, who sees his father’s love as being an obstacle to the development of his own powers. The father had married his wife for her dowry, after abandoning another woman. A contrast is provided by a working-class family who live in the ground-floor apartment of their building and who retain an optimism and faith in the future, despite their difficult circumstances.

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