The Theater: Perforated Valentine

Backward, turn backward,

O Time, in your flight, Make me a child again

just for tonight!

—Elizabeth Akers Allen

That is not what No, No Nanette does, but nostalgia is the impetus of the evening. Nostalgia is rampant in the presence of Ruby Keeler, 60, who emerges as a warmly appealing personality and dances with a valiant nimbleness. Nostalgia propels the tap-Rockette sequences of the Busby Berkeley chorus, with its mass assembly-line dance routines supervised by the 75-year-old

B.B. himself. Even though No, No Nanette dates from 1925, the show more properly marks a reunion...

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