Revivals: Satirical Sniper Fire

A Jules Feiffer cartoon is an act of aggression camouflaged by humor. Feiffer is a satirical sniper who drills lethal little holes in the feverish body politic. In security, hostility, urban hysteria are both his targets and his weapons, and all his cartoons are Little Murders, as he has titled his first full-length play.

When the play was first presented on Broadway in 1967, it was given an inept production that erred fatally by trying to be realistic. Caricatures cannot be played as people, and the jokes seemed to expire rather than explode.


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