The Theater: The Week in Manhattan

The Time of Your Life (by William Saroyan) remains, after some 16 years, the most engaging of Saroyan's plays. Revived at the City Center, it suffers less from the ravages of time than from the unsociableness of space: in that vast hall, the play's intimate, childlike mood never quite lassoes the audience. But what was always brightest about the play—its procession of cockeyed characters through the swinging doors of a waterfront dive— still has considerable lure. Its old Kit Carsonish liar, whose opening gun is "I don't suppose you ever fell in love...

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