The Theater: The Untender Trap

One of Broadway's biggest headaches is the "bonus." With good seats at good shows always as scarce as bagels in Mecca, theatergoers have long since learned that an extra dollar under the counter improves their chances of seeing such S.R.O. hits as My Fair Lady and The Music Man. As vulnerable as any to the gouging charges are Manhattan's 100-odd ticket agencies, which handle roughly 65% of theater seat sales for a legitimate fee of $1.38 above the box-office price.

Last week, for the first time in 20 months, the law closed in on a...

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