Gretchen Cryer Clive Barnes - Essay

Clive Barnes

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

With a well-groomed impudence and a cheerful antic wit, a new musical, "The Last Sweet Days of Isaac," arrived … last night for what should be a long stay. It is one of the most preposterous shows in New York and yet also one of the happiest.

I suspect that this very chic and up-to-the-second musical started out as a satire on the rock musical and the freaked-out generation. Yet in some strange way the approach seems to have been absorbed by the subject matter, and even if "The Last Sweet Days of Isaac" was intended as a kind of affectionate put-down, what has emerged is something very positive and extraordinarily attractive.

The book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and the music by...

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