The Theater: Four of a Kind

With shows opening four nights in a row, the new Broadway season was going strong last week, but the plays were still going sour. The sourest was a short-lived horror, intended as a comedy, called Grandma's Diary. The others:

Magdalena (music by Heitor Villa-Lobos; book by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan & Homer Curran; produced by Mr. Curran) is Broadway's first encounter with Brazil's most famous composer

(TIME, Sept. 27). Unfortunately for Senhor Villa-Lobos, Magdalena seems like its librettists' first encounter with Broadway. They have loaded their book with all the stock melodrama of opera and...

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