The Theater: For Kids of All Ages

Manhattanites opened their windows and their hearts again last week: spring had come and with it the circus. Since last year the great Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey troupe had acquired something besides $325,000 worth of new costumes. It had acquired a new top boss—Robert Ringling, who after a rumored family wrangle succeeded his cousin John Ringling North—and a new attitude. Gone were the Stravinsky ballet music, the Balanchine choreography, the blue tanbark and all the rest of the modernistic decor which had raised complaints and possibly cut the profits. Once again everything was traditional, absurd and gaudy as...

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