Around this time of year, fleeing New York becomes a fearsome temptation. With gray skies overhead and gray slush underfoot, those "Come to Jamaica" TV spots or U.S. Virgin Islands subway ads can take on a positively totemic significance. But if an actual vacation isn't in the offing, virtual travel via theater can possibly substitute. A frenetic week spent Off- and Off-Off Broadway offered a host of exotic locales: Carthaginian palace, Alpine resort, San Francisco apartment, Mexican village, even a London actuarial house. But no milieu—no matter how glamorous—provided much in the way of escapism. Each play, and its more or less indifferent production, depicted an environment of misguided virtues and ill-enjoyed vices—no fun in the sun... More >>>