Theater: Pride of the London Season

The current hits range from madcap hilarity to Shakespeare

On Broadway straight drama is a waif, proffered an occasional crumb of grudging acceptance; in London it sits at the head of the theatrical table dispensing "a largess universal, like the sun." Herewith a sampler of three offerings—a scintillant farce, a strong message play and a classic:

NOISES OFF

by Michael Frayn

Farce is the art of not keeping madness at bay. Michael Frayn has written an insanely funny play on precisely that premise. Act I of Noises Off consists of the dress rehearsal of Act...

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