Theater: Bed Check


by Georges Feydeau

A Feydeau farce should look like an old silent movie runoff on a modern projector. The characters must move and gesticulate as if controlled by a crazed puppet master and appear always to be running into each other, often at the least advisable moment. The production of 13 Rue de l'Amour at Manhattan's Circle in the Square comes creditably close to the Feydeau tempo and spirit, but it is difficult to orchestrate an arena stage to that crescendo of forbidden doors being opened and closed on which Feydeau depends.

A Feydeau plot is both intricate and indecently...

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