Theater: Down from Mediocrity

The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. The Lincoln Center Repertory Theater is working its way from mediocrity to absurdity. This season's starter is an Elizabethan plotboiler full of sex, gore and lunacy. As Beatrice, a noblewoman of Spain, Barbara Loden is not on speaking terms with her lines, and the rest of the cast is unspeakable, except for Barry Primus, who plays Beatrice's low-born hatchetman and seducer. The message of the evening seems to be that a girl may love the man she loathes. It does not hold for a playgoer.

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