Theater: Geriatricks

A Very Rich Woman has ague in its funny bones. Actress-Playwright Ruth Gordon has tried to create a drawing-room comedy about old age—and the chief reason that the play cannot sustain itself is that old age is no joke.

In its slapdash way, Woman is an eccentric comic parody of King Lear. Mrs. Lord is a solid-gold widow of 75, with nothing on her Bostonian brain but freshly dyed hair and a yen for yachts. Lear courts catastrophe when he parts with his realm; Mrs. Lord gets into trouble when her daughters fear that she will squander her fortune on herself....

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