Theater: Fantasies in Mittyland

Skyscraper is a statistical rarity—a perfectly average musical.

Julie Harris plays an antique dealer who is bent on saving her little brick house in mid-Manhattan from the bulldozer. The encroaching girders of a new skyscraper are stalking her, and the bidding is brisk—$165,000 for her Rutherford B. Hayes era dwelling. Julie has a two-track mind, and she is forever dream-goofing into funny fantasies in Mittyland with her effete shop assistant, amusingly played by Charles Nelson Reilly. But when she is present in tense and sense, Julie is staunch and she is bright. She knows that the crass entrepreneurs of...

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