The Year of the Hare

The playwright behind the sizzling Blue Room returns with two new shows--and a starring role

On the face of it, who in the British theater world appears more established, and Establishment, than playwright David Hare? Last year, despite his decades of scathingly political writing targeted at the holy trinity of monarchy, government and church, he was knighted. In London, where the theater is woven into the fabric of everyday life as in no other place in the world, Hare is one of the city's most popular and prolific craftsmen. In 1998 four of his works were staged--four new works, that is--and all did well enough to make it to the U.S. And he has self-confident charm...

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