TITLE: A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS
AUTHOR: ALAN AYCKBOURN
THE BOTTOM LINE: A satire of corruption in everyday life has lost its edge in crossing the Atlantic.
"EVERYONE STEALS A LITTLE" seems to be the mantra of the McCracken clan. Mother pilfers desk supplies from her office. Daughter shoplifts for "something to do" and to finance her adolescent drug taking. Brother-in- law is on the fiddle at work and with the tax office. Son-in-law traffics in "surplus" merchandise from the family factory. Even the clan's stern paterfamilias Jack, for all his talk of rectitude, is not above bribing a prying...