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Arcade Pub., 1998 - Drama - 86 pages
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BAAL, which renowned playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) wrote when he was in college, is the provocative story of a drunken, ruthless, womanizing poet and singer, a desperate antihero in the tradition of Villon and Rimbaud. The NEW YORK TIMES called the first American production strong stuff, both horrible and fascinating.

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User Review  - Brian Wilson - Goodreads

Three and a half stars. Interesting play. Listening to Bowie's Baal EP and thinking it would have been a lot more engaging on stage (as most plays are). Read full review

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User Review  - Tan Ayla - Goodreads

Even after reading the play a second time, I still cannot resolve the ambivalence I feel towards Baal. The play seems to offer a kind of "vision" of the kind of life that one can lead in a world that ... Read full review

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Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and died on August 14, 1956. He was a German playwright, theatre director and Marxist. The modest house where he was born is today preserved as a Brecht Museum. Brecht formed a writing collective which became prolific and very influential. He wrote many lyrics for musicals and collaborated with Kurt Weill to create Die Dregroschenoper -- the biggest hit in 1920s Berlin. Brecht experimented with his own theater and company -- the Berliner Ensemble -- which put on his plays under his direction and which continued after his death with the assistance of his wife. Brecht aspired to create political theater, and it is difficult to evaluate his work in purely aesthetic terms. Brecht died in 1956.

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