An Exploration of Trauma Unknown, or Unremembered

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How would you react if you were told that, as a child, you had been the victim of a horrible crime, one of which you have no memory? Playwright Amy Herzog has tackled an unspeakably difficult topic in her play The Great God Pan, now in a production at Playwrights Horizons.

The young man at the center of the play must face claims about his past which he cannot verify but must nonetheless confront. A subject as volatile as the one at the center of The Great God Pan requires a deft touch to avoid being maudlin on one side, or perhaps preachy on another. Does Herzog’s work strike the right note? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood weighs in.