The Theater: Slump Goes Boom

Suffering from one of the worst creative slumps in years, Broadway is enjoying one of the greatest box-office booms in history. Packing the theaters are coin-heavy, gas-rationed Manhattan escapists, droves of visiting defense workers hell-bent to spend their mill-gotten gains. The critics, bidding the waves of hogwash recede, are often in a class with Canute. In the past month most critics have trounced Frederick Lonsdale's Another Love Story, Lou Walters' Artists and Models, Gypsy Rose Lee's The Naked Genius (which even the author held her nose at), Rose Franken's Outrageous Fortune. All four are hits.

But for producers even heaven has its...

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