William Stevenson
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

La Terrasse (Stage, 1999)

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a C

A vaguely existential farce by veteran screenwriter (Belle de Jour) and playwright Jean-Claude Carriere, La Terrasse takes a long time to get moving, and even then it’s only mildly, intermittently amusing. The three-year-old play, about a handsome Parisian couple breaking up while a broker shows their apartment to prospective tenants, frequently drags — something farce should never do. Although the actors (especially Tom Aldredge in a too-brief role) try to liven things up, this is one trip to France you’ll wish had been cut short. C

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