Off Broadway: The Execution Cure


Someone offstage is pronounced guilty of a series of unintelligible crimes, and in marches the prisoner, to be thrust into his cell by a buffoon of a turnkey with baggy pantaloons and clown makeup. Suddenly the two of them are waltzing around the cell together to appropriate music. The whole play is like that—sudden and senseless as a dream.

A bad dream it is, and not much of a play either, as adapted by Russell McGrath from a book that the great contemporary novelist, Vladimir Nabokov, wrote in the '30s, called Invitation to a Beheading. As this season's final production of...

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