Theater: Hourglass Plot

The Tiger and The Typists are a pair of one-act, two-character plays by Murray Schisgal, 36, who is handsomely helped by the husband-and-wife acting team of Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. In The Tiger, an eccentrically violent postman named Ben grabs Gloria, a Long Island housewife, from a New York street, marches her captive to his cold-water lair, and pins her arms behind her. Rape? Murder? What is on the whirling mind of this kook? His room is a chaotic rubble of exposed steampipes, drying clothes, books spilling out of bureau drawers, and a blackboard chalked TODAY'S WORD.

The word for Ben,...

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