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  • A theory of theatrical technique that gained widespread currencyin Europe after World War II. According to this theory, responsibilityfor all matters of interpretation and artistic control lies solelywith the director (contrast collective creation). Sometimesthe director's influence has even been extended to the text itself;Jean-Louis Barrault, one of the best-known advocates of théâtretotal, often had a hand in creating the scripts of his productions.