The Road: Hasten, Jason!

A Broadway play's pre-Broadway alterations can sometimes be basic. The latest example is Big Fish, Little Fish, by Hugh Wheeler, which opens on Broadway March 15 and stars Jason Robards Jr. as a middle-aged hollow man who, in the bright past before Act I, used to be a brilliant young professor at a girls' college. But an old accusation hangs over him: he had seduced a trustee's daughter, who, when jilted by him, committed suicide in his bathtub.

All very standard: disillusioned modern man tormented by a particularly hideous trauma. The only switch is that...

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