Theater: Love Match

FILUMENA by Eduardo de Filippo

There is a narrow line between sentimentality and mawkishness, and not many writers can walk it without falling into the swamp of syrupy sugar waiting below. Eduardo de Filippo, the Italian playwright, is a rare exception. Filumena, which ran for two years in London, may be the easiest, most companionable show on Broadway. It is warm, undemanding and, in its own modest way, always enjoyable.

The title character once ornamented a Naples brothel, but for the past 25 years she has been the housekeeper of one of her former customers,...

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