by A.R. Gurney

On the surface, this new "comedy with dancing" depicts the Sisyphean efforts of a handful of fiftyish, faded Wasps to revive the most glittering institution of their youth, a midwinter charity ball. A few of the daydreamers become fixated on reuniting the best dancers among them, a onetime romantic couple who were always outsiders in this prim upper-middle-class world: a girl who was much richer than the rest and a handsome "Irishman on the make" who was much poorer, Roman Catholic, and a blunt social climber. These two roles are double-cast to make the many...

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