Jack Lang has a tough act to follow -- literally. Lang, former French culture minister, has been appointed interim director of the venerable Piccolo Teatre di Milano in Milan, Italy, succeeding one of the titans of European theatre, Giorgio Strehler.
Strehler, who founded the influential troupe in 1947, resigned because the theatre's new performance space still isn't completed though construction has been underway since 1978, the New York Times reported.
Lang reportedly will steer the theatre until a new permanent director is chosen.
Piccolo's innovative productions strongly influenced theatre of the 1960s in Europe and America. Productions of Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters, which went on world tour in the 1950s, set the stage for many of the experiments in the decade that followed.
-- By Robert Viagas