Theater: Punch & Judy Revisited

The Owl and the Pussycat, by Bill Manhoff. A verbal slugfest between a man and a woman is the contemporary form of the mating dance. The man may not want to go to bed with the girl, as the hero of this play doesn't, but he realizes that it may be the only way to get her to shut up. Pussycat is as old as the Punch-and-Judy show and as new as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and the evening is filled with good, healthy, vulgar, neurotic laughter.

The pussycat (Diana Sands) is a hellcat, a down-to-dirt prostitute with a tongue of...

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