Theater: Broadway's Big Endearment

ISN'T IT ROMANTIC by Wendy Wasserstein

Broadway's got the blues. The current season has taken its cue from last year's box-office slump and dared to offer less of the same: revivals, British imports and a few ho-hummable musicals. The only serious new American play (Brothers) closed on opening night. Worse, for the main stem's economic and emotional health, there have been no successful romantic comedies in more than a year. It says something dour about Broadway, its playwrights and its audience that the last laugh-till-you-cry hit was Torch Song Trilogy, Harvey Fierstein's savvy...

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