New Plays: Joe Egg

A startling comedy of anguish has opened on Broadway. Peter Nichols' Joe Egg turns blistering pain into bubbling laughter as it focuses on the vastly uncomic plight of two parents whose ten-year-old child is a spastic vegetable. While this might appear to be the epitome of black and sick comedy, the play is neither, though it is full of the modern humor of cruelty and the games people play to put each other on or down.

Little Josephine (Joe) Egg sags in a wheelchair, wets herself, whimpers a little, rarely opens her eyes,...