The Theater: The Citronella Circuit

The muggy season was setting in for Broadway's 18 surviving shows, and the U.S. theater got ready again last week to take to the country. By month's end, in such unlikely pastures as Fish Creek, Wis. and Woods Hole, Mass., more than 200 summer playhouses will sprout across the land. By Labor Day, they should yield a multimillion-dollar harvest—and more acting jobs than three Manhattan seasons.

Would-be and has-been players will vie with Broadway regulars for a place in the summer sun. But, being more commercial than quaint, many a summer playhouse will depend...

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