Impressive address

Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 1:00am

Theatre people are usually a literary lot. It seems most of the people in theatre, including the audiences, have reading at the top of their lists of entertainment choices. I have good news for all of them, Circle Players production of 84 Charing Cross Road is richly rewarding as entertainment in both venues.

The play is a stage adaptation of the book by Helene Hanff. The material for 84 Charing Cross Road came from the correspondence she began while working in New York as a reader for a film studio.

She spent 15 years failing to make a break-through as a playwright. In 1949, Ms. Hanff borrowed a volume of literary criticism by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch from the library and set about following his advice on what to read. Unable to find most of the books she wanted in New York, she answered an advertisement in the New Yorker and began to correspond with the staff of Marks and Company at 84 Charing Cross Road

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