The Life Story of Baal
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Time Out saysBrecht never produced a fully revised version of this, his first play, and so the text can be considered fair game for further work. Bennett hasn't simply filmed it, but has risen to the challenge of producing a reading of it. Brecht at one level retains sympathy for Baal; Bennett never does. He reformulates the play as a powerful critique of the notion of the artist as a kind of social outlaw, and resolves the sexual, moral and political issues into urgent, provocative questions.