The Theater: Fiendishly Clever Frolic

THE AU PAIR MAN by HUGH LEONARD

One test of a two-character play is whether the playgoer develops the restive desire, or the furtive hope, that one or two other characters will momentarily enliven the stage. The Au Pair Man passes that test handsomely. One is captivated, fascinated and pleasurably teased by Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers (Julie Harris) and her friend Eugene (Charles Burning). They are good company and the rich density of their natures makes them seem like a stageful of people.

What the stage at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater is actually full of...

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