Theater: Delousing of Harry Bogen

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years have marshmellowed Jerome Weidman. His 1937 bestselling novel stingingly chronicled the rise of a Manhattan Garment District amoralist named Harry Bogen who was sharper than a Seventh Avenue lapel. In fashioning a musical from that book. Weidman has turned his whole-souled heel into a halfhearted villain, poured sentimental goo over the satire, and given Harry a last-scene redemptive delousing unmatched since the Hays office took in ethical cleansing.

Harry Bogen (Elliott Gould) is a fox in a chicken coop. He breaks his fellow shipping clerks'...

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