Theater: More Curio Than Classic

Strange Interlude, by Eugene O'Neill, gives the Broadway season an event of forgotten novelty, rich performance, and disillusioning irony. The sheer bulk of a nine-act play lasting from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with an hour out for dinner, makes an intriguing evening—the theatrical equivalent of the 50-mile hike. The formidable debut of The Actors Studio Theatre, with a superlative cast headed by Geraldine Page, delivers a smashing rebuttal to the sly and caustic sniping that has peppered Method acting in recent years. The irony is that the radiance of the company, magnified...

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