In the climax of WWII, a politicized teenager on the verge of socialism returns to London, only to find his widowed mother mistress to a man he equates with the enemy. The affair with the boy’s mother distracts a senior minister from the storming of Normandy. Fresh from Canada where his politics began to shift, the 17-year-old launches a domestic war of his own, forcing his mother to choose between her son and her love affair, in playwright Terence Rattigan’s “lost” comedy, Less Than Kind
, which has rarely been performed since he wrote it in 1944. From the writer who brought us The Winslow Boy
, The Deep Blue Sea
and The Prince and the Showgirl
, Rattigan’s play is a brilliant comedy with politics, emotional tides and deep-seated domestic drama. Never before seen in America, Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., opens the play Monday with productions through March 30, starring Lisa-Gabrielle Greene, Paul Taylor and Zak Reynolds. Visit theatre3dallas.com
for showtimes and tickets, which range from $12 to $50.
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., March 10, 7:30 p.m. Starts: March 6. Continues through March 30, 2014