Displays a play!
One More Ride On The Merry-Go-Round
1978, (4w 5m)
JASON, a Cambridge professor
of philosophy, separated from his wife, NITA, is enjoying
life with his mistress, MONICA, a young American university
lecturer. He's contemplating the future. Should he retire
and see more of the world, experience more of the life about
which he philosophises? In the first act he's full of contempt
for his wife whose image he projects as dowdy and uninteresting.
In the second act we discover that she's far from this image.
NITA is dazzling, energetic, and has a young lover. We realise
that JASONand NITA had wished the other to be what each became,
but only after they were separated!
A comic plot involving academics who get high
on a hash birthday cake, a recalcitrant daughter, and the
appearance of an illegitimate son who's a magician.
there it is! We simply don't need as many people as we once did in
order to run a nation of 60 million. Terrible! But it seems to be
a fact. Technology has drained the need for labour and with it has
drained away the work ethic. And if I were younger I'd seek out my
fellow men and think up new work for us to do, gaily, together. But
I'm not younger. I'm not old but I'm older than I'm younger, and though
I love life I'm not too impressed with the living. Man's goodness
cheers me too little to remain un-tormented by his stupidity.
when you think you've got him pinned down as a Jew, along he comes
with 'Caritas', a story steeped in Christian mysticism. And when you
fancy you've got him nailed as a descendant of lofty Victorian teachers
… he throws off the mask of Puritan self-betterment and social
responsibility with a heart-stopping account of a New York love affair
in his play 'Lady Othello', and a sexy, rueful comedy 'One More Ride
on the Merry-Go-Round', both filled with awareness of personal and
sexual experience beyond the reach of politics …
Michael Kustow, Time Out.