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RASA VASINAUSKAITE During the last decade, classical tragedy has been very rare on the Lithuanian stage.

Directors, considering that the different genres have been so levelled and mixed, and

that reality itself is so tragic that theatre is not strong enough to stand comparison

with it, have turned back to the dramas and comedies of the 60s to 80s, or

contemporary plays, changing them on stage to tragic farces or tragi-comedies,

grotesqueries or even romantic melodrama. It is twenty years since Sophocles was

performed and ten for Shakespeare’s tragedies: a time when theatre was very sensi-

tive to its surroundings and still trying to resolve the conflict between the individual

character and an anonymous, monochrome society.