The Theater: Canada's Dramatic Lodestar

If variety is the spice of repertory life, the Stratford Festival in Ontario is the place to savor it. Crowning this season's six initial offerings are two intrepidly ventured rarities:

THE WAY OF THE WORLD by WILLIAM CONGREVE

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Restoration drama takes us into a licentious world of high style, low morals and ice-cold wit. Interestingly enough, its aim is never bedroom comedy but drawing-room raillery. It is as if sex had been invented as a topic of conversation —either the veiled allusion or the saucy double entendre.

Congreve was...