The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Apr. 3, 1939

The Hot Mikado (some of it by Gilbert & Sullivan; produced by Michael Todd) does not, like the Federal Theatre's Swing Mikado (TIME, March 13), tacitly beg Gilbert & Sullivan's pardon for cutting up. Instead it impatiently regards them as two aged gentlemen whose wheel chairs need a good strong push. Once pushed, the wheel chairs go bounding lickety-split. Before the ride is half over, Gilbert falls out and breaks his neck. But Sullivan lands bruised and breathless in Harlem, in time to inquire—when the band plays his Oh, Living I—"Just what is...

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