The Theater: The Rationed Stage

When 50-odd summer-theater operators met in Manhattan this spring and decided to reopen this summer, they decided to gamble against gas rationing. Since then, the Straw Hat Theater has worn out its sweat band from worry, and the printing of A cards has held up the printing of programs.

Actors' Equity has modified its contracts, high-priced actors have offered to work at lower salaries; but it still isn't easy. Summer theaters, accustomed to drawing audiences from within a 50-mile radius, can now draw them only from within a five-or ten-mile one. Of roughly...

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