The Theater: Old Skin, New Vim

Most Broadway offerings are based on the obvious notion that a show is not worth producing unless it promises to enrich its backers as a long-run hit. Last week, however, Broadway blossomed with a smash hit that broke rules, and may break records. The American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) opened its revival of Thornton Wilder's timeless piece of vaudevillian anthropology. The Skin of Our Teeth, first produced in 1942 (and greeted by a mixed chorus of cheers and catcalls—plus a Pulitzer Prize). The ANTA production's glittering stars: the U.S. theater's Grande Dame...

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