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Szerző/Author: Péter P. Müller (University of Pécs)
E-mail: muller.peter@pte.hu
Rövid életrajz/Bio: Péter P. Müller DSc is Professor at the Department of Modern Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pécs, and Director of the Doctoral School of Literary and Cultural Studies. From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of the Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute in Budapest. He was Visiting Professor in the USA in 1990/91 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Fulbright Professor in 1993/94 at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and in 2016/17 at Cleveland State University. In 1996 and 1999 he held research scholarship at Darwin College, Cambridge (UK), in 2014 and 2015 at the University of Kent (UK). In 1998 he was awarded the four years long Széchenyi Professorship. He published eleven books so far, the first one, A groteszk dramaturgiája (Dramaturgy of the Grotesque) in 1990, the most recent one, Színház önmagán kívül (Theatre Beyond Its Boundaries) in 2021.
How to cite:
Theatron, Vol. 16. No. 4. (2022): 96–106.
Cím/Title (ENG): Prohibition, Toleration, Bewilderment. On the Early Reception of Péter Nádas’ Play Cleaning (1977)

The scheduled premiere of the first play of Péter Nádas, Takarítás (Cleaning) was prohibited in the Fall of 1979 in the theatre of Pécs. A year later, after the first realized premiere of the play in the theatre of Győr, the Hungarian daily press was ordered to keep silent about the production. Reviews published later in the weekly and monthly journals demonstrated a total bewilderment about the play. In the following, I give a survey of the reception of the first two publications (in 1978 and 1982, both time in collection) and the first production (in 1980) of the play, Cleaning.

Keywords: challenged critics, political oppression, tangled politics and aesthetics