The Theater: Celluloid-Spliced Lovers

What can you say about a brilliant medieval philosopher-theologian, 37 and virginal, who falls in love with his aptest pupil, the 17-year-old niece of a canon of Notre Dame, has a child by her, marries her and then is castrated by the hired thugs of the irate and possibly incestuous-minded uncle? After all that, Abelard and Heloise live in undying love in separate cloisters. Erich Segal, meet Playwright Ronald Millar, your British opposite number.

No one can really determine whether Love Story has saturated the lovestory market. If not, Abelard & Heloise may glow...

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