The Theater: Jigsaw Puzzle

VERONICA'S ROOM

by IRA LEVIN

In one sort of suspense thriller, the audience is let in on a secret that the characters do not know. In another, the characters possess some piece of knowledge that the audience is in the dark about. Inadvertently, Ira Levin has written a mystery in which his characters seem to know something that has eluded him. Veronica's Room poses a puzzle in the first act and tries to resolve it with three or four new puzzles in the second act. Result: frustration.

Despite its ultimate failure, the play is not badly written, and an air of expectancy, abetted by...

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