Ring around the Moon Essay

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In the following review, Isherwood presents negatively the revival of "Ring Around the Moon" through its actors.

Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon is a real heartbreaker but for all the wrong reasons. Christopher Fry's adaptation of Anouilh's comedy has not often been staged since its original London and Broadway productions in 1950, and it's easy to see why: The play is uncommonly delicate, a poetic mixture of farce, romance and comedy of manners that must also accommodate a whiff or two of mortal thoughts (it was written in the shadow of World War II). Fry subtitled his sparkling adaptation A Charade With Music, and indeed it has the sweeping rhythms of a dance not for nothing is the play's heroine a ballerina. Unfortunately, what's onstage at the Belasco Theater more often than not has two left feet. Gerald Gutierrez's largely miscast production...

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