Reviews favorably a new production of Der Freischutz at the 1988 Ludwigsburg Festival. Criticizes productions that have imposed heavy-handed social allegory or frivolous parody on the folk-like story. Maintains that the Ludwigsburg producer Loriot showed the courage to take the original FREISCHuTZ seriously. Although the seventeenth-century setting is changed to the early nineteenth century, Weber's total conception is faithfully observed. Contains five photographs from the production.