Theater: Lost Valor

PLENTY by David Hare

Ever since John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, young British dramatists of envenomed wit and mocking disillusionment have spewed unpent rage across the English stage. In some ways, they sing an elegy in a graveyard—a threnody of lost nerve, lost confidence and a lost imperial destiny. In the foreground are eroded ideals, ill-spent passions and the taste of ashes that flavors lives without a guiding purpose.

Britain's David Hare, 35, offers all of that, and something more. At the heart of Plenty is a strange, beautiful, demonically incandescent woman. A twin to Hedda

Gabler, she finds her own existence claustrophobic...

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