Repertory: Laughing at Lester

Optimistic pessimists who believe that regional theater is the nation's dramatic hope can find some strong supporting evidence in Atlanta. There, a three-year-old shoestring repertory group that calls itself Theater Atlanta has been delighting sell-out audiences with a sharp, snappy satire that is as regional as the round little restaurant owner who is its subject: Governor Lester Maddox. Broadway, fortunately, is not so dead as to ignore a show that is pulling customers to West Peachtree Street from 30 miles around. Last week Edward Padula, producer of Bye Bye Birdie and A...

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