Revivals: Stop the Presses!

It is always a surprise when a play can be revived after 40 years without its looking and sounding like a doddering idiot. If The Front Page has a certain cornball, period flavor, it simply seems to add relish to a high-spirited and persistently amusing evening. The Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur saga of newspapering in the Chicago of the 1920s is the liveliest public relations handout ever issued on the newspaper game. It makes a newspaperman seem like a combination of knight, sleuth, adventurer and liquored-up, hard-bitten prince of the realm — the Fourth Estate seen in the...

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