Theater: Rue Tristesse


Music, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Directed by Harold Prince

Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim seem to have been born middleaged. Rue, disenchantment, a kind of middle-aged tristesse recur in their collaborations. In the most brilliant of them. Company and Follies, melancholia about marriage and success was imminent but airborne; in Merrily We Roll Along it falls with the thud of a foregone conclusion.

Duplicating the chronologically backward structure of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart 1934 play of the same title, Merrily begins with the...

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