Theater: Caste Marks

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY by Philip Barry prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges" is a celebrated line from The Philadelphia Story. It has not been fluently translated to the stage at Lincoln Center, where the current revival reopens the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Elegancy is missing.

The set, designed by John Conklin, is a jungle of color, an obstacle course of clutter. The plethoric flowers do serve a purpose. Tracy Lord (Blythe Banner) is going to rewed one George Kittredge (Richard Council), an up-from-the-proles coal company manager. As...

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