what a tangled web we weave,” Sir Walter Scott wrote in his epic
“when first we practise to deceive!” It’s a life lesson we can
only hope unfortunate police officers Gobbel and Blunt—newly on the
beat, it would seem— remember, given that the play’s Farcical
succession of misunderstandings and physical injuries arise from
their initial reluctance to quickly inform an elderly couple on
Christmas Eve of the death of their daughter...