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Renegade Robbins

The cutting-edge director takes on the Nazis in the Actors' Gang's "Mephisto."

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/renegade_robbins_20011026

Tim Robbins spied "Mephisto," the Nazi-era play based on Klaus Mann's 1936 novel about an actor who pandered to the Nazis to advance his career, while rifling through a box of books on his way out of an English-language bookstore in Paris last March. The actor-writer-activist, then on location with Jonathan Demme's film, "The Truth About Charlie," was searching for plays to direct at the Actors' Gang, the boldly original Los Angeles troupe he'd co-founded with UCLA peers in 1981.

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