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Orson Agonistes

Orson Welles: Vol 2: Hello Americans by Simon Callow

Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
The Atlantic Monthly

"The wonder boy got everything he'd wanted, very quickly. Sixteen years after his birth in Kenosha, Orson Welles tramps to Dublin, then one of the world's great theatrical centers. Within two months he's starring at the Gate, the city's leading art theater, and 'Young Welles' is the toast of the town. By eighteen, in 1933, not only has he joined Broadway's fanciest production company, he's signed up to play Marchbanks in Candida and, astonishingly, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, thus snagging one of the most amazing breaks in theatrical history." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.

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