Theater: Cornfessional

TAKEN IN MARRIAGE by Thomas Babe

Taken in Marriage is a garrulous, extended crying jag of a play. The characters engage in whiny monologues and duelogues that exhume the bleached skeletons of their embittered relationships.

The setting is a New Hampshire church hall. The occasion is a wedding rehearsal that never does take place. The bride-to-be is Annie (Kathleen Quinlan). She is accompanied by her Aunt Helen (Elizabeth Wilson), her older sister Andrea (Meryl Streep) and her mother Ruth (Nancy Marchand), an unresigned widow. (Colleen Dewhurst played Ruth for a few performances but withdrew...

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