Music: New Direction


Molly is quite unlike any play that Britain's Simon Gray has written. Seeing the work in a late dress-rehearsal phase of its world première at Spoleto, one cannot properly evaluate the drama's full potential, but cannot fail to mark a signal change of direction.

In Butley and Otherwise Engaged, which have been Gray's hit plays, the central figure has been a kind of witty monster of unfeeling. In Molly, feelings and emotions are not only unguarded, they are sometimes nakedly out of control. What comes as a surprise is to find Gray making a defense of lies told out...

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