Show Business: Papp, Sweet and Sour

For Theatrical Impresario Joseph Papp, last week was like a goodnews, bad-news joke. On one hand, he broadened his institutional base enough to make him the most powerful man in the American theater. On the other hand, one of his fondest dreams—to bring good drama to millions of people on nationwide TV—was given a stunning blow.

Papp's good news came from Manhattan's Lincoln Center, where he was given control of all drama production. Potentially the most prestigious and influential dramatic organization in the U.S., Lincoln Center's theater company has floundered almost since its beginning...

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