Theater: Home Rue

THE FLOATING LIGHT BULB by Woody Allen A pearl of a playwright may emerge from the oyster bed of a wretched early home life. O'Neill, Williams and Miller provide eloquently autobiographical testimony to that. Woody Allen's The Floating Light Bulb seems distinctly autobiographical, but it is no more than a shucked oyster shell of a play.

Brooklyn, 1945. The Pollacks are bone-poor. They lead lives of congealed desperation, though their dialogue sometimes glints with the leapfrog logic of Allen's idiosyncratic humor.

Max (Danny Aiello), the father, is a low-paid waiter and loudmouthed gambler who...

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