Fission Trip

In Theatre Three's Copenhagen, passion for science ignites a white-hot war of words

Funny to think that Frayn is best known as the author of the nonsensical farce Noises Off. When he finished Copenhagen, he wrote later, he had doubted anyone would ever want to produce a drama steeped in science in the first place. Shocked at the barrage of criticism, he defended the play last spring in a long screed for The New York Review of Books.

None of this really matters. What matters is what happens onstage when the lights go down. Copenhagen takes the known complexities of science and lets them serve as metaphor for the flawed uncertainties of human thought. Theatre Three takes three talented actors and lets them serve a great play nearly flawlessly. At its core, that's what great theater is all about.

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