The Theater: And Slow to Bed

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR

by BERNARD SLADE

The play begins in bed as dawn lights up a snug hostelry called the Sea Shadows Inn. The time is 1951. Doris (Ellen Burstyn) and George (Charles Grodin), strangers less than 24 hours ago, have taken their first jittery plunge into adultery. He had aroused her libido the evening before by sending a steak over to her table.

Doris is a 24-year-old Roman Catholic who is accompanying a group of nuns on a retreat. George is a certified public accountant (almost a religion to him) en route to...

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