Broadway: Good Portents

This year the Broadway season opens in California — at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater on Sept. 12. The occasion is the U.S. premiere (and pre-New York run) of Eugene O'Neill's More Stately Mansions, his last discovered work and a sequel to A Touch of the Poet. The star is Ingrid Bergman, making her first U.S. stage appearance since 1946. And even if that combination fails to catch on, Broadway abounds with portents for one of the better seasons in years.

For starters, there is the reappearance of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams,...

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