The Theater: Merciful Merriment

RUBBERS and YANKS 3,

DETROIT 0, TOP OF THE SEVENTH

by JONATHON REYNOLDS

These two one-acters are hilariously extended anecdotes in the U.S. tradition of the tall story. Making his playwriting debut at Manhattan's American Place Theater, Reynolds, 33, does not shape his plays with sufficient skill, but he does give them a wickedly comic mo mentum like an accomplished barstool raconteur.

Rubbers is the lesser, if wackier piece. It focuses on an inane day in the life of the New York state legislature.

The only woman in the chamber, Mrs. Crimmins (Laura Esterman), is...

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