Theater: Happy Deceit Aren't We All?

by Frederick Lonsdale

The theater is a medium of illusion, and among the dreams it fosters is that the clock can be turned back and the ravages of time denied. Film and TV close-ups reveal the smallest encroachments of age; the stage keeps a civilized distance between seemingly ageless performers and happily deceived audiences. In the Broadway revival of Frederick Lonsdale's 1923 Aren't We All?, part of the charm is a return to the heyday of drawing-room comedy and, for that matter, of drawing rooms. The chief pleasure is seeing Rex Harrison, 77, and Claudette Colbert, 81, apparently just as vibrant and elegant and,...

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