THEATER: Now This Is a Comeback

Who's the hottest playwright all over America today? Pierre de Carlet Chamblain de Marivaux, of course, who died in 1763.

Who are America's hottest playwrights? Some are fast-rising newcomers and some are old hands. But nobody is faster rising or more of an old hand than Pierre de Carlet Chamblain de Marivaux, who in the past few years has vaulted from a footnote or curiosity to a leading dramatist at the nation's nonprofit houses -- and who has been dead since 1763. This season alone has seen at least eight major productions involving four plays, from False Admissions at Connecticut's Hartford Stage to The Triumph of Love at California's Berkeley Repertory. Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, New York, is now playing...

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