The Theater: Funny Farm


Terrence McNally is a sprint man, not a miler. When he attempts a full-length play (Things That Go Bump in the Night; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?), his gifts tend to make an embarrassing exeunt. But in the circumscribed province of the one-acter he is rapidly becoming a master.

Bad Habits, his latest miniatures, provide two glimpses of limbo, caparisoned as a sanitarium. In Ravenswood, Dr. Pepper (Paul Benedict), clearly a descendant of the March Hare on both sides of his family, presides over braces of sickies. Among them: a pair of bickering queen homosexuals; an actor and actress,...

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