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November 1, 1971

Facing the Revolution

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dramatic Art, University of California, Davis.

JAMA. 1971;218(5):727. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190180049010

At a time when physicians are under radical pressure to reorganize their management of health services, when medical schools are being told to waive requirements for unqualified students on the basis of social considerations, when, in other disciplines, jittery faculties too often abandon principles wholesale, an eloquent plea for reason has appeared: Revolution As Theatre: Notes on the New Radical Style, by Robert Brustein, dean of the Yale Drama School. However, the book is not about theatre. Its subject is the battle now taking place throughout our educational institutions, and indeed in society as a whole.

Convinced that so much of today's radical posturing is not a sign of social transformation, but rather a symptom of acute social disease, Brustein—who arrived at Yale with impeccable liberal credentials, having been drama critic for the New Republic and having written The Theatre of Revolt, a study of nine modern "rebel dramatists"—examines the