Miranda Warning

While the actors and the director all deserve their share of kudos, screenwriters Dorfman and Rafael Yglesias should be singled out for their uncompromising script. In 1992 Mike Nichols mounted a stage production of Dorfman's play that recast it as a twisted love triangle and downplayed the broader dialectic; Dorfman and Yglesias wisely revived the narrative's political heart. Death and the Maiden makes a convincing case that healing cannot begin until the truth is known; perhaps only an author who acquired that wisdom the hard way could have spelled it out so vividly for the rest of us.

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