Theater: Turkey Trot

Every fall Broadway recovers its touching faith that "it looks like a good season." Every spring Shubert Alley echoes with moans of lamentations that "the worst season ever" has just passed. In the very first week of the new season, there was already a springlike sense of woe.

The mercy of oblivion promptly descended on Dr. Cook's Garden, Keep It in the Family, and Song of the Grasshopper, three turkeys that trotted to their dooms. Appropriately enough, Garden was about mercy killing of a sort. Dr. Cook has kept God's bucolic little acre of Greenfield Center, Vt., weeded by systematically poisoning mentally...

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