Theater: Scar Tissue

GROWNUPS by Jules Feiffer

Laughter is no laughing matter in this play. In between one-liners and running gags, the characters on the stage of Broadway's Lyceum Theater shout and scream at one another. Their confrontations contain a sly malice, suppressed rage and maddening frustration. As comedy, Grownups is scar-tissue deep.

Utilizing autobiographical elements, Feiffer performs major surgery on an American Jewish family. He draws blood and then salts the wounds. His hero, Jake (Bob Dishy), is a well-regarded journalist in early middle age with a secure post on the New York Times. He...

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