Theater: Brain Crash

WINGS by Arthur Kopit

A serious illness is a prison from which there are only two exits: recovery or death. Arthur Kopit's new play Wings is a message smuggled out from that terrifying Gulag inhabited by a stroke victim. At the beginning of this excellent production now visiting Manhattan's Public Theater from the Yale Repertory Theater, an elderly woman sits reading in an easy chair, a clock ticking at her side. Suddenly the clock stops, the lamp goes out, and there are loud noises. Mrs. Stilson (Constance Cummings) has had a stroke.

When she...

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