THE LAUREATE: Romain Rolland was this guy here.
WHAT I’M READING: The Fourteenth of July, a popularized theatrical retelling of the French Revolution.REVIEW: So, I get it. Romain Rolland wanted to create a theater of the masses that was able to embrace all comers and create a common culture. Fine. Whatever. This play was to the French Revolution what The Patriot was to the American Revolution: big, dumb and that’s about it. Even The Patriot had a dude get his leg blown off with a cannon. The Fourteenth of July had all the shmaltz of Les Miserables and none of the grit (Les Mis is as gritty as a Dr. Seuss book, you say? You prove my point). Ugh.
RECOMMENDED: Rolland was apparently famous for his attempts to create the popular theater. If this is what got churned out for it, I’m glad theater is pretty much dead.
WHAT’S NEXT: Now it’s definitely Gunter Grass’ The Tin Drum