THE STAGE

Andorra is by Max Frisch, a Swiss novelist and playwright who writes in German and plans on speaking, presumably in English, in Emerson Hall tomorrow. You can check out the play the night before, because it opens tonight. Or you can turn the page. 7:30 at the Loeb Ex.

Applause is a musical, I believe. Apparently everyone besides me who claims the remotest interest in theater already knows everything else about it, too, but at the moment I can't find anyone who fits this description. Even The Crimson's usually omnicompetent Arts Editor professes to know only that Lauren Bacall once appeared in it and that it was one of the few questions he couldn't answer when he appeared on "It's Academic" (of course, you have to take into account that that was in Chicago). At Leverett House.

Hayfever is by Noel Coward, reputedly very funny, and usually reliable sources say it's being done well, too. "I love Noel Coward," one of them explained, "because he exposes the decadence of the middle class." Of course, you could say the same for Mussolini. 8 at Kirkland House.

Kiss Me Kate is a great Cole Porter show, about and including large chunks of a Baltimore tryout for a Broadway Taming of the Shrew, not to mention a score that culminates in "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." The Loeb's production isn't outstanding, exactly, but I guess it's acceptable. 8 at the Loeb.

The Plain Dealer is by William Wycherly, one of those Restroation comics who wrote incredibly convoluted plots and long intricate one-liners which I neither understand nor enjoy. More perceptive critics have compared it to The Misanthrope, however. At Winthrop House.