Theater: Strictly for the Gypsies

Bajour. If it strikes a playgoer that there is something terribly funny about bilking a lonely, gullible widow out of some insurance money, then this musical is his to enjoy. Otherwise, it is strictly for the gypsies.

A Manhattan clan, headed by a Guys and Dolls-type gypsy, Herschel Bernardi, needs to raise an $8,000 bridal fee to purchase a spitfiery West Side Story-type gypsy girl (Chita Rivera) for his son. The girl is so keen for the match that she stages a bajour (Romany for swindle) and cons the widow for the money. A...

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