This second volume of The Theatre of the Holocaust, when combined with the first, represents the most significant and comprehensive international collection of plays on the Holocaust. Since the appearance of Volume 1 in 1982, theatre and Holocaust studies have undergone astonishing transformations. In Volume 2, Skloot presents six plays acknowleding the most recent theatrical forms in our post-modern age.
The world, the theater, and our memory of mid-century events have changed since the first volume of this work was published in 1982. These are challenging plays that mark a radical departure in the artistic rendering of the Holocaust, forcing us to look beyond our assumptions about the artistic rendering of history. Roy Krift's Camp Comedy is a roundelay of illusions. Leeny Sack's The Survivor and the Translator presents memory over three generations in a one-woman tour de force. Bernard Kops's Dreams of Anne Frank is a play for children who may never have heard of Anne Frank, while Donald Margulies's The Model Apartment is a nightmare comedy of the impossibility of escaping memory. Derived from George Steiner's novella, Christopher Hampton's The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. presents an alternative history. Finally, Howard Brenton's H.I.D. (Hess Is Dead) is a postmodern fragmentation of historical events to synthesize a new emotion about them. A very impressive collection; for theater history collections in public and academic libraries.--Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA