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'A Little Life' Comes to the Stage. The Audience Can't Look Away.

Sep 22, 2018 - The New York Times

AMSTERDAM -- How do you distill a 720-page novel that takes place over decades and vividly depicts child rape, self-mutilation and amputation into two hours of palatable theater?

The short answer, according to the director Ivo van Hove: You don't.

Neither brevity nor palatability are concepts that particularly interest Mr. van Hove, who delivered an explosive, disconcerting adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1969 film ''The Damned,'' set in the early days of the Third Reich, at the ...