Theater: Love in a Tepid Climate

The Irregular Verb to Love, by Hugh and Margaret Williams, raises the curtain on a new Broadway season, but the play is haunted by the tired ghosts of seasons past. To Love is still another family comedy, the sempiternal soap opera of the theater. This time, the family is British, part tea cozy and part zany. Mama (Claudette Colbert), a one-woman S.P.C.A. who identifies with small fur-bearing animals, has just done an eight-month stretch in jail for blowing up two fur shops with homemade bombs. Daughter is going to have an illegitimate child by an accountant who apparently lacks the caution...

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