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BERGMAN WON'T GIVE N.Y. `MISERABLE' `MISANTHROPE'

Calling his actors "miserable," Ingmar Bergman has decided not to bring his stage version of "The Misanthrope" to New York.

The play had been scheduled to open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music next month, but Bergman has canceled the trip, Lars Loefgren, head of Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater, said Monday.His staging of Moliere's 17th-century masterpiece at the Royal Dramatic Theater has been praised by critics.

But the renowned Swedish film director reportedly believes the show has deteriorated since it opened last year in Stockholm.

Best known for film classics such as "The Seventh Seal" and "Fanny and Alexander," Bergman has been concentrating increasingly on plays in recent years.

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