Timon of Athens, one of the canon’s orphans, recently got a solid production from the National Actors Theatre. Last year, the floundering company, brainchild of personality Tony Randall, brought in as artistic advisor Michael Langham, who had done stints as artistic director at the Stratford Festival in Ontario (1955–67) and at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (1971–77). Indeed, Langham first directed Timon in Canada in 1963, when he commissioned the brooding Duke Ellington score used in this production; he tried it again in Canada in 1991, with Brian Bedford as Timon, as here. Thus the New York mounting is in the nature of a road show, especially considering Langham has brought his set designer and his sound designer with him. Langham, it should be remembered, lent competence and respectability to the Randall enterprise with last year’s Saint Joan.

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