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Aisle View: Summer Idyll
Open your slice-of-summertime comedy with a near-doddering old man soliloquizing on a deserted Rhode Island beach, or a hopelessly out-of-place and abandoned sixteen-year-old boy sitting in the sand, and its sure as quahogs in July that we'll be dealing with death or sex or both.
Aisle View: A Muddled New Play and an Engaging Forgotten One
Early on, we are told that Ode to Joy is "the story of how the pain goes away." At the end they say "forgiving is giving up the option for revenge" and "true joy is acceptance." In between there is talk of Jesus, Hitler, Elvis, the torturous breaking wheel of the Middle Age, and Auschwitz.
James Gandolfini Evoked in Comedy of Errors at the Delacorte
Author, 'Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics'
Central Park offers a natural bucolic setting for Shakespeare's lighter fare, but with this year's Comedy of Errors, its lush greens frame an urban stage for Ephesus, a fictive town in upstate New York that harbors mob types among its citizenry.
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