Broadway: Smelling a Rat

Said Mr. Taubman, the outgoing drama critic of the New York Times, to Mr. Kauffmann, the incoming drama critic of the New York Times: "Mr. Kauffmann, I'd like you to meet David Merrick—the enemy." Positively, Mr. Taubman? Absolutely, Mr. K.

Little did they know. Stanley Kauffmann, 49, fresh off the New Republic, came to the Times in January, after Howard Taubman was promoted out of his aisle seat. Kauffmann must have been warned about Merrick, who is the adulte terrible of Broadway producers and who, because he complained so frequently about the Times's churlish commentaries on Merrick productions, might like to...

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