The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Feb. 7, 1955

Plain and Fancy (music & lyrics by Albert Hague and Arnold B. Horwitt; book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman), a folk musical about the Pennsylvania Amish, ought to prove popular. A good part of the time—thanks to Broadway as well as Amish industriousness—it is refreshingly lively; the rest of the time it seems—as the Amish themselves might—refreshingly dull. The whole thing has about it a nice country smell of ripe apples and respectable oddity.

The book is an agreeable one with every so often a really funny line. By bringing to Pennsylvania a sophisticated young New Yorker (with a farm to...

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