Theater: Room for Improvement

Nicole Kidman is here! Now stop the hype!

A smitten London critic described Nicole Kidman's performance in The Blue Room as "pure theatrical Viagra," but the medication Broadway has needed most in recent weeks is Valium. As David Hare's new play, in which both Kidman and co-star Iain Glen appear briefly in the nude, prepared to transfer from London to New York City, trend-conscious theatergoers seemed headed for a nervous breakdown: the clamor for tickets exceeded anything in recent Broadway memory.

Now, the morning after. The Blue Room is Hare's adaptation of La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler's once scandalous play in which 10 characters engage in a daisy chain...

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