The premise of Alan Bowne's play BEIRUT has the potential of being intriguing and timely. In the near future, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan people are quarantined for being carriers, or fully infected, with a disease that sounds a lot like AIDS. Torch, a former street guy from Brooklyn is incarcerated, a carrier but not yet with symptoms. He may never show symptoms, but will still be locked up. His quarters are a bit shabby but rather spacious as a Manhattan studio, with a paint job and a stove, it would bring maybe three grand in rent.