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The Theater of Healing

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Thomas Carabas

When Nietzsche called for the establishment of a metaphysical theater capable of healing the existential problems of his time, he helped provoke a revolution in Western theater. Playwrights were inspired to write plays about the audience, about its problems, hopes and fears. Yeats, Artaud, Brecht, Genet, Ionesco and other playwrights presented the abstract forces of modern society in a form which permits the spectator to contemplate them and find ways to master them.