Theater: Love Antic & Frantic

The Private Ear and The Public Eye, by Peter Shaffer. Light entertainment is a promise the theater is quick to make and slow to honor. In these two one-acters, the promise is entrancingly kept. They defy the laws of mental gravity and lift a playgoer out of his world only to see it better, just as a dream is sometimes truer than a thought.

The Public Eye has the edge in freshness and invention. Mr. Cristoforou (Barry Foster) materializes in an austerely elegant London office lined with muted leather bindings. Against this background, Cristoforou...

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