Theater: Fizz and Fury


Some people feel that college humor should be quarantined on campus.

But if the playgoer approaches this satiric farce at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons Theater in a slightly carbonated frame of mind, he will find that the evening fizzes with pixilated laughter.

However, the mirth is only the means to a more serious end. Ted Tally, who wrote a somber tribute to the moral courage of polar explorers in Terra Nova, now explores the contagious terrain of venality. He asks, in effect, How do creatures such as David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam"), Jim Jones and Gary Gilmore, men who occupy...