Theater: The Inhuman Race

But for Whom Charlie, by S. N. Behrman, uses the arena stage of Lincoln Center's Washington Square Theater for a kind of jam session of talk. There are reedy laments of guilt and loneliness, brassy growls of corruption and the low saxophone moans of sex, but the play lacks cohesion, direction and a solid beat.

In Charlie, Behrman is improvising on the theme of "the inhuman race" in a rueful comedy of good, bad and bed manners. The play's hero, Seymour Rosenthal (Jason Robards Jr.), is busy soul-rinsing the filthy millions he inherited from his philistine movie-magnate father. Seymour has established a...

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