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Noises Off

Recent fans of Copenhagen who missed Michael Frayn's 20-year-old London hit Noises Off may not recognize their man. Copenhagen is a sober historical play about quantum physicists during World War II, trying to develop (or thwart) the atom bomb. Noises…
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Alarms & Excursions

Michael Frayn's latest farce, after the dead-serious Copenhagen, is as shallow as it is witty. It starts like a simmering pot of water: Four middle-class Londoners are trying to have a dinner party, but various household gadgets interrupt the conversation.…
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Culture, Stage Give Till  It Hurts

Give Till It Hurts

Michael Frayn's Benefactors is nothing like the playwright's two most famous works, which are nothing like each other. Noises Off! is a wild, busy farce about an acting troupe; Copenhagen is a spare and stylized drama about Niels Bohr and…
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Culture, Stage The Man Who Wasn't There

The Man Who Wasn't There

What is it with playwrights and scientists? The last three months have seen at least four plays in San Francisco spin metaphors from scientific theory: Dominant-Looking Males, Proof, Schrödinger's Girlfriend, and Copenhagen. The most illustrious -- but not the best…
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