Theater: Off-Broadway, By Halves

Off-Broadway does things by halves most of the time, which makes it simultaneously frustrating and fascinating. A playwright may get his hands on a fresh or exciting theme, but through clumsy craftsmanship, inept direction or an amateurish cast, the stage effect will be fumbled. Conversely, acting skills and staging techniques of a high order will sometimes be lavished on trivia, or the feeblest works of fine playwrights, or plays on tired subjects.

This season, off-Broadway has been particularly plagued by one-halfmanship, and its strongest impact has been the feeling that an off-Broadway evening...

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