The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Apr. 20, 1953

Room Service (by John Murray & Allen Boretz), at Manhattan's White Way Hotel, has gone downhill since 1937. George Abbott no longer directs operations there, and though the present staff (John Randolph, Everett Sloane, Jack Lemmon) is conscientious and willing, it lacks the ingratiating touch the old staff (Sam Levene, Philip Loeb, Teddy Hart) had. Even in 1937 that touch was decidedly needed: Room Service is for the most part hack farce, and only as a skillful exhibition of the dodges and makeshifts of show business, a lively conglomeration of classic

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