Theater: A Roundelay of Deadly Conquests LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Love is not an easy game to play, particularly when the jousters cannot decide whether they seek passion or dispassion, rapturous attachment or jaded detachment. In the megalomaniacal gambitry of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a glittering epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos set on the eve of revolution in 18th century France, the only thing more dangerous than a seducer's assailing a person of virtue is the seducer's somehow falling in love: the conflict between the rakehell's manipulative pride and his newly vulnerable passion ignites everything in its path, leaving him and his partners burned-out husks, dead or wishing they were. A...