The Theater: Lover Takes All

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

by ALAN AYCKBOURN

Truly comic characters appear onstage about as often as there is a lunar eclipse. That is what makes the arrival of Norman, the pint-sized anarchist of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy, an occasion of happy terror. The most satisfying laughs are those induced by determined worms, and Norman is an Attila of the worm world.

Ostensibly, he is an assistant librarian; actually, his entire life is spent in pursuit of love. He may be threadbare, even unprepossessing, but his willingness to adapt himself to any woman's whims and moods makes him irresistible. He will stop at nothing to get...

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