Theater: Move Over, Sammy Glick

Nobody Loves an Albatross has as its hero-heel a man who can kiss his own reflection in a mirror and really mean it. Nat Bentley is a television writer-producer in Hollywood, but his most inspired production is his ebulliently maleficent self. He is an imp of distilled evil. He is a triple-tongued double dealer, a glib Vesuvius of fantasy and falsehood, a perpetual-emotion machine with nary an honest feeling.

He can cheat a writer out of a credit line as if it were a selfless act of charity: "If I didn't have faith in...

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