Theater: High-Court Hokum

FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Henry Fonda is one of the very few actors who could dive into this two-inch-deep pool of a play and emerge from it with an Olympic gold medal. A frothy freshet of one-liners does not keep most of this stultifyingly shallow play from being poisonously dull.

There has been a vacancy on the Supreme Court and the Justices are distinctly disconcerted to learn that the President has appointed the first woman ever to become one of the august nine. One Justice, Dan Snow (Henry...

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