Theater: Rake's Reform THE RECRUITING OFFICER

by George Farquhar

THE RECRUITING OFFICER by George Farquhar

Restoration comedy is famous for its bawdry, but its bounty can be a trifle daunting. It would take a whiz in algebra to resolve all the plot equations in The Recruiting Officer, this season's second repertory offering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The production reveals grand ambitions and a dearth of acting skills —champagne tastes on a beer income.

It is wisest to focus on the two romantic couples in the action. If the course of true love never does run smooth, it traverses some pretty funny...

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