The Theater: Toward Bedlam

BUTLEY

A day in the death of Ben Butley.

Butley teaches English at the University of London, but this is not a day on which he could possibly focus his eyes on a student or a lecture note. Alcohol has become the hemlock of his middle age; he gulps straight from the bottle and his self-destructive binges have begun to overlap. This is the day that his wife (Holland Taylor) tells him that she is leaving him permanently for another man. More homo than hetero, Butley is further staggered to learn that his colleague-protégé is dropping him for another lover. To compound...

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