The Theater: Curtain Call

Broadway put on a good show in the 1944-45 season just ended. There were no overwhelming moments or historic scenes, but there were pretty ones and witty ones, charming and disarming ones, and a few that were vivid and exciting. At the box office, despite slightly higher prices and curfews, 24 out of 85 shows made good—a well-above-average showing.

The general tone in the theater was gay: still screening rather than mirroring the war, Broadway clicked with only one world-minded play, A Bell for Adano. One possible reason was the silence of the better...

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