Theater: Wedding Quake

A Family Affair (by John Kander, James and William Goldman) begins where other musicals leave off; that is, its first lines are "Will you marry me?" and "Yes." In the real world a healing numbness sets in after these words are spoken, but Affair's attempt to convey love's anesthesia at first brings out only the authors' thinnest whimsies. The affianced couple (Larry Kert and Rita Gardner) are a chilly pair, and the opening songs seem less clever than the stage furniture, which wheels magically around during scene changes.

Happily, the show settles down to the real business of a wedding, which is...

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