Less Than Kind Gets an American Debut

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