Theater: Shipwreck of State

Mr. President has followed a course that compares with the maiden voyage of the S.S. Titanic. It left port with a glittering credits list; on board were fabled scions of U.S. show business—Irving Berlin, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Leland Hayward, Joshua Logan. As it plowed through the murky theatrical waters of Boston and Washington, iceberg-cool critics put a sizable hole in its hull. Drifting into view on Broadway, Mr. President carried a trapped and talented crew that seemed to take comfort in huddling together at the finale to sing an Irving Berlin version...

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