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Mocking ‘Brief Encounter’ Is No Affair to Remember: John Simon

If you know Noel Coward’s lovely one-acter “Still Life” and its beautifully expanded movie adaptation, “Brief Encounter,” you might expect a similar thrill from the full-length stage version created by England’s Kneehigh Theatre and presented on Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

What Emma Rice, the adapter and director, has wrought is a mixed-media event that retains most of the original material while adding projections, Coward songs dragged in from elsewhere, and an onstage little band. The result is a hash that neither honors the original nor justifies spoofing it at such length.