The Theater: Lillie in London

Despite a dearth of cars and evening dress, and a 6:30 curtain, London had its splashiest opening since the blitz last week — a Charles Cochran revue starring Beatrice Lillie. If Big Top itself was pretty routine, the star was brilliant, the atmosphere gala, the audience happy. Looking young as ever, Lillie cut up all over the place, stopped the show with a take-off on a blues singer, never for a second betrayed the fact that her young son had recently been reported missing by the Navy.

The show itself completely cold-shoulders the war — in fact, it...