Dread and laughter in ‘Leonard Cohen’ and ‘Taking Steps’

orartswatch.org - 03-09

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In review: Jerry Mouawad tips his hat to Richard Foreman and freedom at Imago; Alan Ayckbourn's classic farce steps up at Lakewood. On civilization and its discontents, not to mention its absurdities and perils, and the pleasure and futility of grand gestures to spite it, and the lurking darkness of the human soul as it struggles to find meaning, and the liberating and unlikely comedy to be mined from those struggles on the dramatic stage: a theater review in two parts: