"West of Broadway, every town is Bridgeport."
-Old Trouper's lament
On Broadway last week, spokesmen for the U.S. theater were singing the blues about life on the road. Whether in Bridgeport or Ashtabula, St. Joe or Altoona, so few citizens west of the Main Stem are paying to see touring shows that a conference of theater operators met in Manhattan to search for a way to boost show business in the sticks, or, as Variety might say, to look for trix to fix stix.
After the two touring companies of Auntie Mame ran afoul of the movie and decided to pull up stakes,...