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Misimpressions Of 'Mahabharata'

September 12, 1987

"Clear--but inflexible," says Sullivan of the voices of the male actors of the "Mahabharata" during its Sept. 5 opening.

Well, I did not see him sitting anywhere in my vicinity--well toward the top of the bleachers but dead center--during that long afternoon and evening. From that spot the non-English speaking actors (particularly the men) were all too often impossible to understand through the thicket of foreign accents. What is language coach Clifford De Spenser being paid for anyway?

I do not write for myself alone, but for a number of us brought together by need and necessity in that great gathering and leveling spot--the lines for the toilets.

"Well, I did have trouble understanding, but I thought it was just my hearing," I heard all too often by those folk, brainwashed and media-bedazzled by the paeans of praise to the great Peter Brook. Peter Brook or no, for $90 the English-speaking public deserves to hear English-speaking actors.

MIRIAM REED

Beverly Hills

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