Henrik Ibsen

Charles Marowitz dies at 80; playwright, director and critic

Charles Marowitz, a playwright, director and theater critic known for his blunt manner and cutting-edge work, including controversial reworkings of classics by Henrik Ibsen and Shakespeare, died in Agoura Hills on Friday from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 80.

His death was confirmed by his wife, actress Jane Windsor-Marowitz.

A New York native, Marowitz spent six decades in theater on two continents. He co-founded the experimental Open Space Theatre in London and collaborated with Peter Brook on productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company's experimental group. After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, he worked with the...