Theater: Classy Lady

A TALENT FOR MURDER

By Jerome Chodorov and

Norman Panama

Whodunit? The coauthors. The murder weapon: sheer lassitude. What lies on the stage of Broadway's Biltmore Theater is the cadaver of a comic suspense thriller, and not even a warm one.

The evening's only resuscitative presence is Claudette Colbert. At 78, she seems to have discovered the elixir of agelessness. Her looks are unflawed and her low come-hither voice purrs with enchantment. The precision of Colbert's timing would make a watch blush. Her role is that of a hugely successful writer of mystery thrillers and...

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