The Theater: New Revue in Manhattan, Jun. 4, 1956

The Littlest Revue wound up the off-Broadway Phoenix Theatre's season with festive intentions but pretty limp results. With but eight people in the cast, it is an intimate revue with a vengeance; and with its faces so quickly familiar and its fandangos so modestly scaled, it stands in urgent need of witty sketches and catchy tunes. But the wit is uncomfortably sporadic and Vernon Duke's show tunes sound remarkably alike. Best thing in the revue is Comedienne Charlotte Rae, who is herself at her best in a pair of screwy madrigal numbers. There are two or three entertaining skits, but the...

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