Broadway: Stars & Bars

Among the pleasures of playgoing in Europe is the privilege of buying a drink at a theater bar during the interval. In the U.S., theater patrons have to quench intermission thirst with a wax-enriched fruit drink, or else dash out to a neighborhood bar, there to fret about missing the second-act curtain. In an attempt to get around the New York law prohibiting the sale of liquor where no food is served, a Manhattan theater last year decided to give free drinks to its patrons. This largesse was quickly stopped by the State Liquor Authority.

Then the New York legislature finally...

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