Theater: Dark Comedy: BENEFACTORS

BENEFACTORS by Michael Frayn

Life is surprising as it happens but remarkably predictable in retrospect. Once time has conferred its brand of wisdom, even the least perceptive person can look back and recognize how one misstep of fate led to another. Thus a hallmark of growing older is the increasing impact of memory, simultaneously spurring regret and reconciliation. Those conflicting impulses are at the heart of Michael Frayn's Benefactors. Its four characters, addressing the audience from the perspective of middle age, watch themselves in flashback as exuberantly misguided young adults. And although the play's nominal topics include high-rise architecture, neighborhood preservation, the sins of journalism...

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