The Theater: Dipsy Doodle

ALL OVER TOWN by MURRAY SCHISGAL

Murray Schisgal commands the last manic outpost of the theater of the absurd. He can be terribly funny—provided his audience possesses sympathy with the dipsy doodlers of this world.

In terms of dramatic biodynamics, Schisgal has attempted to fuse the zany family comedy of You Can't Take It with You with the door-slamming wackiness of Feydeau's geometrically composed bedroom-chases-cum-orgies. Unfortunately, Schisgal's characters are as charmless as unthreaded spools, and he has yet to learn the primal lesson of the Feydeau farce: comic tension depends on who is hiding...

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