Can Second Stage have installed some kind of aesthetic auto-shift on its mission statement? Every year, when the hot weather sets in, this nonprofit institution lurches away from its normal serious intentions, into a mode of flimsy triviality that suggests its principal ambition is to annex Off-Broadway to the long-dead straw-hat circuit. You remember—every summer in the bad old days vacationers flocked to watch TV stars on hiatus from their sitcoms, or theater stars recuperating from a recent Main Stem flop, earn a little extra income and credibility by touring around in piffling comedies, thrillers, and comedy-thrillers dredged up from Broadway's long list of... More >>>