The Theater: Magnificent Obsession

THE ROYAL FAMILY

by GEORGE S. KAUFMAN and EDNA FERBER

This vintage comedy tells us what we always want to be retold about theater folk: they are an unpredictable, incestuously inbred and insidiously attractive breed whose only natural habitat is the stage, whether they are on it or off.

That is what The Royal Family, one of the smash hits of 1927, is all about, and it is being given a grand, ebullient revival at Manhattan's Helen Hayes Theater. The Royal Family is graced with performances that are almost too good to be true. The...

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