Theater: High Good Humor

A Thousand Clowns (by Herb Gardner ) performs the delightful trick of turning nonconformity into a comedy instead of a cause. It is a first play written well enough to be a third or fourth play, and a bracing spring tonic for Broadway's ailing comic muse.

Murray Burns (Jason Robards Jr.) has quit his job as writer for a children's TV show called Chuckles the Chipmunk ("When Sandburg and Faulkner left, I left"). His one-room apartment is an insult to the Ladies' Home Journal. Amid the debris is Murray's prize possession, his twelve-year-old ward...

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