The Theater: Blue Chip's Descent


Philip Barry's Holiday first appeared on Broadway in pre-Crash 1928. In scale, it is almost more of a ballroom-and-mansion comedy than a drawing-room comedy. Its characters, the big rich, are either smug, drunk or edgy, and terribly status-conscious. But the real locale of the play, its temperamental North, East, West and South, is the terrain of Coward, Porter, Fitzgerald and Bernard Shaw.

Unfortunately, as the current revival by Manhattan's Phoenix Repertory Company shows, Barry was not quite up to the company he tried to keep. He lacked Coward's dry crystal tone, Porter's slyly sexy urban ennui, Fitzgerald's tender romantic...

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