Had the good fortune to see two delightful comedies this month. the first was The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The first--from an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens and interrupted by his unfortunate departure from this world--finally found a home on the stage. Several writers had tried to fashion an ending that would have satisfied Mr. Dickens but none succeeded until the book was turned into a bawdy music hall presentation with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes. The multi-talented cast includes Chita Rivera and the role of John Jasper played--during the performance I attended--by Sspencer Plachy. Great fun and I'm sure Charles Dickens would have enjoyed himself and perhaps gone on the road with the show.
The second play--Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, written by Christopher Durang who must have been imprinted with works by Checkov. The comedy takes place in a farmhouse in Bucks County instead of Russia and the family dynamics are touching and hilarious. Again, a fantastic cast and a tirade by David Hyde Pierce in the second act is worth the price of admission.
Here's to playwrights, novelists and writers.