London Theater
London ? American reports from the London theater tend to fall victim to one of two excesses: fawning praise or towering contempt. The former is just an extension of the shadow p.r. that passes everywhere as criticism nowadays, exacerbated by unacknowledged colonialist awe. The latter is simply the flip side of the awe?the higher the expectations, remember, the bigger the fall?exacerbated by the exorbitant cost of everything in Britain, if you happen to earn money in dollars. (Most London theater is actually comparably priced to New York theater and not, as many think, much cheaper.) The unsensational truth is, theatrical excellence is exactly as common in the British capital as it is here?no more and certainly no less.