The Theater: Exit Laughing

SOMETHING'S AFOOT

Book, music and lyrics by JAMES

MCDONALD, DAVID vos and ROBERT GERLACH

This musical whodunit provides an evening of innocently dotty merriment.

Not that its gags could hold a guttering candle to Neil Simon's. Or that the music and lyrics would be found in Stephen Sondheim's or Richard Rodgers' wastebaskets, let alone their bottom drawers. The book relies loosely on Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, never as a spine chiller but as a rib splitter.

Something's Afoot is a thimbleful of nonsense that turns into a flagon of fun.

Any thoroughly unpretentious musical that refuses to take itself seriously drives some critics into attitudes of...