Theater: The Rape of the Sabine Men

The Day the Whores Came Out to Play Tennis is a surrealistic love set: Arthur Kopit 6, Drama 0. Flashy and cute rather than craftsmanlike, Playwright Kopit lobs up pseudo profundities that he avoided in his fanciful Oh Dad, Poor Dad romp. The dramatic penury of the current play may be suggested by the fact that it relies for its climax on an offstage sound effect of prepubescent outhouse humor.

Five members of a Jewish country club sit in the clubhouse nursery querulously debating how to get rid of 18 unseen prostitutes who have infiltrated the tennis courts. It becomes apparent that...

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