A Dickens of a Show: NICOLAS NICKELBY

At $100 a ticket, Nicholas Nickleby is a bargain: 81/2 solid hours of magic

Mr. Curdle (rearing back in astonishment): Four shillings for one play?

Nicholas: Well, with quite a lot of people in it. And it is very long.

Mr. Curdle: It had better be.

Start with the money. One hundred dollars will buy you one sleeve of a Halston ultrasuede jacket, dinner for two at a Manhattan restaurant or tickets to three conventional Broadway shows. It will also get you into the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Life and Adventures of Nicholas...

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