Theater: Jolly Bedlam

WILD OATS by John O'Keeffe

This diverting farce comedy was first performed at London's Covent Garden in 1791 and reached New York briefly in 1793. It was virtually a lost play when the Royal Shakespeare Company dusted it off for what turned out to be a hit run during the 1976-77 season. Now Wild Oats has crossed the seas again, thanks to the enterprising zeal of off-Broadway's CSC (Classic Stage Company) Repertory.

John O'Keeffe, who wrote the play, was born in Dublin in 1747 but achieved success in London as the astonishingly prolific author of more than 60 plays and light operas. From...

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