In Michael Frayn’s masterly crafted farce Skios, an eminent balding pooh-bah who lectures on scientific subjects arrives at a private Greek island to do his thing — the sort of gig for which fancy private foundations hire eminent pooh-bahs to entertain rich guests who enjoy lounging on private Greek islands more than learning about science. And if the arriving gent looks younger and cuter than expected, why, that’s because, under Frayn’s peerless choreography, the comedy gods of mistaken identity are having a mad romp. Frayn, the author of the spectacular ’80s Broadway farce-about-a-farce Noises Off, is so devilishly good at clicking the pieces into place that watching him build his contraption is its own entertainment, compensating for the ultimately minor heft of the story and its gentle satiric aims. A-
THE GOD OF FARCE This story of mistaken identity, marked by farce and satire, is sophisticatedly written and effortlessly executed (Henry Holt & Company)
Genre: Fiction; Author: Michael Frayn; Publisher: Metropolitan
Posted June 27 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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