AUTHOR: PAUL RUDNICK
THE BOTTOM LINE: The tragedy of AIDS may have met its match in a heartfelt, knockabout comedy of manners.
Boy meets boy. Boy gets AIDS. Play gets raves. As much as penthouse comedy dominated the '20s or political agitprop informed the '30s, AIDS has defined American theater this past decade -- both in the ravaging of the creative community and in the flowering of dramas on the subject. There are angry plays (The Normal Heart), sweet plays (As Is), pageants (Angels in America) and musicals (Falsettos). Some soar into poignant metaphor. Prelude to a...