The Theater: Pick of the Summer

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year, some 5,000,000 visitors pour into Manhattan. An unknown number of these attend the theater, and another unknown number are asked as soon as they get back home: "What shows did you see?"

Quite a few will go to no shows at all, some by choice, others deterred by old wives' tales. One myth is that the show you would like to see is sold out. Not true. There are only two sellouts, No, No, Nanette and Sleuth, and even in these instances a last-minute check at the...

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