Theater: Wrong Number

Wrong Number 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff; Adapted by James Roose-Evans

A good writer can construct a play out of cardboard and paste, and, in the right hands, even the flimsiest plot can be turned into an amusing and diverting evening in the theater. But such hands have not come anywhere near this English import, which opened on Broadway last week. Rarely has so very little been made of so very little.

To call these two acts a play is to stretch the definition beyond the limits of even the most permissive dictionary. James Roose-Evans, who adapted the book by...

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