Theater: Sunny Kooks

TABLE SETTINGS by James Lapine

The wacky family comedy has proved a durable delight in the U.S. theater.

Among the more notable items on that roster: You Can't Take It with You, The Royal Family (about the Barrymores), The Impossible Years and the long-running Broadway hit Gemini. A play like The Man Who Came to Dinner is very closely related to this genre. What links them all together is a zany brand of eccentricity, an inebriation of the mind and spirit rather than the body.

Table Settings is a modest but thoroughly engaging entry in...

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