The Theater: Unto Us No Child Is Born

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by DAVID RUDKIN

To have children is often a mixed blessing. To not have children is often regarded as an unmixed curse.

Compassionately, the British playwright David Rudkin shows us a man and a woman struggling under that curse. Colin (Brian Murray) and Anne (Roberta Maxwell) have been married for a few years and are childless. They have entered the bitter season of their relatives' and neighbors' titters and taunts. The couple consults a medical adviser, a "semenologist."

This somewhat smarmy fellow (John Tillinger) advises the husband: "Scrap your tight briefs for boxer...

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