Black Magic

In a London hit, psychic dungeons unleash dragons

IN THE FIRST SCENE OF WILDEST Dreams, a new tragicomedy staged by its prolific author, Alan Ayckbourn, for London's Royal Shakespeare Company, four unhappy middle-class people are enhancing dull lives with a homemade role- playing game a la Dungeons & Dragons. They speak pseudo Old English mingled with gobbledygook as their revealing fantasy characters -- a woman warrior for a young lesbian, a lizard with strange powers for a pimply computer nerd, a wise old seer for a tedious teacher and a princess who speaks in tongues for his faded, flustered wife -- obsess about visions and quests. By the end,...

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