Repertory: Go West, Young Playwright

One antidote to Broadway's bruising hit-or-flop economy is the regional theaters' desire to nurture new plays and playwrights. Up to now they have been pretty timid about it. The tendency is to cater to the subscribers' varied tastes by dividing a season between classics, proven Broadway hits of recent vintage, and such fashionable avantgardists as lonesco, Beckett, Pinter and the ubiquitous Brecht. More ambitious than most, Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum is genuinely trying to offer original plays. One such experiment, Oliver Hailey's Who's Happy Now?, opened last week to generally happy...

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