THEATER ABROAD: Three Hits in Two Cities

Startling new plays in London and Paris were exciting audiences:

Ross, by British Playwright Terence (Separate Tables) Rattigan, opened last week with Alec Guinness as Lawrence of Arabia. A complex, 16-scene production, the play reaches brilliantly, perhaps too slickly, into its legendary hero's mind, illuminating but never completely resolving the essential enigma: Was Lawrence the spectacular hero who inspired and led the Arabs in their World War I revolt against the Turks, or was he a lying, unstable charlatan?

With the alias John Hume Ross, Lawrence sought anonymity at the height of...

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