The Theater: Screw-eyed Success

Just before British Producer Henry Sherek left England for last month's Broadway opening of The Cocktail Party (TIME, Jan. 30), he got a postcard from vacationing Poet-Playwright T. S. Eliot: "Best wishes for a comfortable flight to New York and its consequences." The consequences had been pretty much discounted; Producer Gilbert Miller and Director E. Martin Browne thought that Eliot's modern comedy in verse would make an intellectual splash. But, like Eliot himself, they let themselves hope for nothing more than a critical success. Says Miller: "We had all budgeted for a loss."...

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