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At 85, Robert Brustein looks back and ahead

CAMBRIDGE — They’re not making careers like Robert Brustein’s anymore, if they ever did.

Founding artistic director of two of the leading regional theaters in the country, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theater. Provocative and influential drama critic for The New Republic for half a century. Dean of the Yale School of Drama, where he became an early champion of such students as Meryl Streep and Christopher Durang. Author, teacher, director, playwright, sometime actor, and mentor to many who became artistic directors themselves — among them Jeff Zinn, Kate Whoriskey, and Steven Maler.

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