Broadway: The Nichols Touch

The script says that when the curtain goes up the character called Harry is standing on the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge looking suicidal. He removes his coat. A friend he hasn't seen for 15 years comes up to him just then. He quickly puts the coat back on.

As the actual play—Broadway's new smash comedy Luv—begins, Harry is up on the railing of the bridge, teetering and ready to jump. When his old friend walks up to him and says, "Is it? —No! Harry Berlin! . . . How've you been doing, Harry?" the emphatic incongruity of the...

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