The Theater: Chuck Wagon Stew

CORRAL

Compiled and Directed by ALLAN ALBERT

The American cowboy survives mostly as a caricature—a wandering figment of the national imagination, lost somewhere between a scene from Blazing Saddles and the last chorus of Home on the Range. He deserves better, and he gets it in Corral, a sort of cowboy-minstrel show playing at the Proposition Workshop in Cambridge, Mass. It is Director Allan Albert's engaging notion to let the cowboy portray himself through his own songs and tall tales.

The production is as stripped-to-essentials as the inventory of a frontier general store....