Theater: Happy Hangover

FIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson

Lanford Wilson possesses something that any pol might envy. He controls the wacko constituency—weirdos, crazies and freaks. Fifth of July is a redo of his The Hot l Baltimore, transported to a creaky ancestral house in Lebanon, Mo. Aunt Sally (Mary Carver), wooed and won in Wilson's romantic drama, Talley's Folly, has come back 30-odd years later to scatter her late husband's ashes. On hand are some of the walking wounded of the intoxicant wars of the '60s.

Sally's nephew Ken (Christopher Reeve), who now owns the Talley place, is perched on crutches, having...

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