No journey's easier than the amiable, wafer-thin, mildly witty one that Samson Raphaelson's 1934 comedy Accent on Youth shepherds us through. Raphaelson, who wrote some of Ernst Lubitsch's best screenplays, knows just how to spice up a standard love triangle with a dash of Pirandellian self-awareness. David Hyde Pierce and Mary Catherine Garrison, in director Daniel Sullivan's surprisingly bland production, give at least two sides of the triangle the needed sparkle, which makes for pleasantness, but not much more.

Sex farce + Holocaust: Blum and Dukakis in The Singing Forest
Carol Rosegg
Sex farce + Holocaust: Blum and Dukakis in The Singing Forest

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The Singing Forest
By Craig Lucas
Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, 212-967-7555

Desire Under the Elms
By Eugene O'Neill
St. James Theatre
246 West 44th Street, 212-239-6200

Accent on Youth
By Samson Raphaelson
MTC/Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street, 212-239-6200

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