Theater: Paper Cutups

It's a Bird . . . It's a Plane . . . It's SUPERMAN is an amiable mediocrity of a musical, capable only of inspiring benign indifference.

The characters are paper cutups, and the story line consists of anecdotal blackouts. Once the red-and-blue personality of Superman/Clark Kent (Bob Holiday) is crayoned in, he has no place to go but up; unfortunately, his numerous nights via an illusion-defying shiny steel wire give no perceptible lift to the evening.

As Kent, reporter for the Daily Planet, Superman is heckled by a Winchellesque gossipist with an ego bigger than

Superman's. Jack Cassidy plays the role with preening...

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