OFF BROADWAY: Leave It to Perky

Just before curtain time, a member of the audience took the stage. He wore a dark blazer, his goatee was white as a light bulb, his hearing aid seemed to be made of sterling silver. The invited audience—a collector's treasure of florists, bellhops, desk clerks, Schrafft's waitresses, Western Union girls and airline hostesses fell politely silent. Frederick Alden ("Perky") Warren, the man onstage, was their host. He had bought every seat in off-Broadway's Sheridan Square Playhouse to take them to the long-running (seven months) revival of Jerome Kern's Leave It to Jane.

"I have invited you here to see a very...

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