The Theater: Condemned to Broadway

Many plays achieve Broadway, but few have Broadway thrust upon them. Alfred Hayes's The Girl on the Via Flaminia was successful at Greenwich Village's Circle in the Square, when out of the blue the arena-type playhouse was closed as a firetrap. Finding no other Village theater available, the producers last week reluctantly moved The Girl to Broadway.

Fortunately, it can feel at home there. Adapted from Playwright Hayes's novel, it tells of life in Rome just after the 1944 liberation, when, for impoverished Italians, liberation also spelled defeat, and Allied soldiers were resented...

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