PRODUCTIONS: Funny Money, No Joke

Funny Money, No Joke

Computers blink, phones ring, traders frantically shout buy and sell orders in a verbal version of hand-to-hand combat. A typical day on the New York Stock Exchange?

Not quite. The traders here talk mostly in verse: "That's $80 million on his initial three. And that's from taking a risk instead of a fee." The setting is a stage, and quips fly as fast as stock tips. Serious Money, a new play by Britain's Caryl Churchill, opened last week at Manhattan's Public Theater. The comedy is already a critical and popular smash in London's West End, where it has played to sellout...

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