Theater: Errant Knights: I'M NOT RAPPAPORT

I'M NOT RAPPAPORT by Herb Gardner

Two old men on a park bench, one white and one black, sit swapping stories. No premise could be simpler, no setting more static. But because the theater is ultimately a medium of language, of narrative, a skilled playwright can find in just such a conversation all the action an audience needs. The result can be poignant and elegiac, like David Storey's Home, or salty and burlesque, like David Mamet's Duck Variations, or full of rage and silences, like many of Beckett's dramas.

Herb Gardner, author of the 1962 A Thousand Clowns, is the laureate of losers who wage hopeless battles...

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