Theater: Touch and Go


by Brian Friel

This play is literate, wise, perceptive, humane and wryly humorous, but as drama it needs a blood transfusion. Structure may be the chief culprit. Irish Play wright Brian Friel has divided the play into four Rashomon-style monologues. The first and last are spoken by Frank (James Mason), the faith healer, the second by Grace (Clarissa Kaye), his wife, and the third by Teddy (Donal Donnelly), Frank's promotional warmup man.

Confined to the past tense and a prickly brogue, the trio conjure up a existence of bucketing around Scotland, Wales and Ireland in a van...

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