McGinn/Cazale Theater
2162 Broadway (76th St.), 4th fl.,
279-4200, through Oct. 31.
Tinpot Cromwell
Three and a half centuries ago, following a catastrophic civil war, the government of England was entrusted to a man with even more contempt for pluralistic democracy than the current Mayor of New York. According to his biographers, Oliver Cromwell wasn't by nature a pinched puritanical bully like Rudy Giuliani but rather a charismatic military commander who privately prized republican government and felt that despotic repression was sadly necessary to preserve the Puritans' political gains and unpopular moral principles.