Theater: First Nights in Manhattan

The theater, on and off Broadway, got under way last week with imports. The Affair, British and new, scrupulously tracked justice through a lair of university dons. A Man's a Man, German and old, eerily demonstrated the process of brainwashing before the term had even been invented.

The Affair, faithfully adapted by Ronald Millar from the novel by C.P. Snow, is set in the leather-chaired somnolence of a common room at Cambridge, and makes it crackle with the charges and countercharges of a courtroom trial. Dramatically, the play accumulates tension without generating passion....

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