Theater: Elegy for the Declining Wasp

THE MIDDLE AGES by A.R. Gurney Jr.

Three decades pass. Somewhere just offstage, things are happening: the personal pageantry of weddings, christenings, funerals; social upheavals ranging from suburbanization to the sexual revolution. But only the echoes of change are heard in the trophy room of a venerable men's club, the sole setting of The Middle Ages. In a time of ethnicity, the club remains a haven for an embattled Wasp old guard. For the younger generation that departs on a picaresque journey through the chaotic world outside, the club is a beacon, a symbol of the formative power of tradition even on...

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