The Theater: False Premises

HABEAS CORPUS

by ALAN BENNETT

Can even a farce rest only on a pair of falsies? It is true that in the course of Habeas Corpus (which means, appropriately, let's have the body) a couple of sets of real female breasts are fondled and pummeled, and one or two actors lose their trousers, but the evening's focus is on a pair of "the Rubens, made of sensitized Fablon as used on Apollo space missions." The breastworks are delivered to one Connie Wicksteed, who looks so like a choirboy that the errant local curate has fallen...

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