The Theater: Spirited Skull-Puzzler

To see a distinctive play distinctively performed at Lincoln Center is rather like finding a tree in Death Valley. Well, the age of miracles has not passed. The revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party at the 299-seat Forum Theater has been directed with a sure and sensitive hand by Jules Irving, and the actors not only seem to be comfortable with each other, but also to cherish the play. They deliver their lines with an easy fluency that makes the drama itself a spirited pleasure rather than a tortuous skull-puzzler.

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