Theater: Love Apples

ROMANTIC COMEDY by Bernard Slade

Phoebe Craddock (Mia Farrow) first meets Jason Carmichael (Anthony Perkins) on his wedding day. He happens to be nude, and the rest of this comedy at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater is bare in other ways.

Phoebe is a Vermont schoolmarm. Jason is a renowned Broadway playwright. He takes Phoebe on as a working partner, and the pair embark on a platonic but curiously possessive relationship.

Romantic Comedy is one long credibility gap. As comedy it is flush with flip badinage but unilluminated by genuine humor. As romance it is a verbal sparring match with mighty few emo tional clinches....

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