THEATER ABROAD: More English Than the English?

They had spent the evening among sharpies and shills and slick-talking swindlers dedicated to the ancient shopkeeper's art of conning the customer. But London's theater critics were delighted. When it opened in the West End last week, Wolf Mankowitz' brash, breezy new comedy, Make Me An Offer, rang up just the sort of sale the playwright was bargaining for. "When the British musical finally finds its feet," said the staid Financial Times, "we may well remember Make Me An Offer as a landmark on the way."

Mankowitz' affectionate attack on the cheerfully amoral...

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