Theater: Rock of Ages

THE FARM by DAVID STOREY

Civilizations crumble. Governments fall. Religions disappear. Entire societies are swept into the dustbin of history. But the family—a perdurable rock of ages—survives.

In The Farm, British Playwright David Storey shows us why, as he did once before in a rather similar play, In Celebration (TIME, June 10, 1974). Storey's essential point is that the family is an entity that surmounts and sustains its component members. There is a price to pay. The warming hug of fondness and care may be too snug for comfort, like the coils of...