New Plays: The Latent Heterosexual

There are two playwrights inside Paddy Chayefsky — one is a pixy and the other a preacher. When the pixy handles the pen, it can turn out a funny, wryly perceptive comedy like Marty. When the moral preceptor is in command, the result is likely to be a chalk-dusty lecture like The Passion of Josef D., with its dreary analysis of Stalin's rise to power. Chayefsky's latest work, The Latent Heterosexual, which opened at the Dallas Theater Center last week, is an unsuccessful attempt to weld the two Paddys. But the amusing...

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