The Theater: Gobs and Gals Revisited

Shaw called the theater "a cathedral of the spirit," but no temple would be complete without its money-changers. Some altars seem to be rented out to hustlers of the quick buck. Their business instincts, however, are far from infallible; they frequently seem to mistake an anachronism for a trend. A year ago. No, No, Nanette opened with a box office bang, and the producing fraternity promptly decided that nostalgia was the hottest ticket around. This accounts for the fact that 1944's On The Town is the newest Broadway entry.

Unfortunately, the revival is a dud. To break the news gently to...

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