Broadway: The Divine Whiff

What precedes is unbelievably dull. And what follows is worse. But right in the middle of Broadway's The Girl Who Came to Supper there is a scene that stops the cold show—and for at least a full minute the audience regularly whistles and bravos and claps itself silly for a 208-pound actress named Tessie O'Shea.

Tessie is a cockney peddler of fish 'n' chips who has been plopped into the show's continuity to provide flavorful exterior background to the otherwise indoor London setting of Terence Rattigan's story about an American girl and a...

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