Theater: The Redcoats Keep Coming

Three plays in three tenses: past, present and future

Having made visible inroads on Broadway, British exports are now annexing off-Broadway and the U.S. regional theater. In the past three weeks, Top Girls and Skirmishes opened off-Broadway and Quartermaine's Terms at New Haven's Long Wharf Theater. Interestingly enough, counting Nell Dunn's Steaming, already running at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theater, three out of four new British entries are by women, possibly because Britain's feminist consciousness is just now peaking. Top Girls displays some postfeminist tristesse; only Steaming seems earnest in its feminist polemics, ironically...

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