The Theater: Candide Meets Octopus


by David Wiltse

Coming to the big city is a kind of initiation rite into the fraternity of adulthood. In a young man's imagination, the metropolis is an enticingly profane glade of Babylonian delights. In reality, the tyro may face a jungle ordeal in which he is savaged by the mightiest beast, the city itself.

That is the gist of a warmly appealing play by David Wiltse. His hero, Suggs (William Atherton), is a Kansan Candide. One of his ideas of what makes New York City the best of all possible worlds is sex. A series of girls (all played by Lee Lawson)...

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