Broadway: Lay Off the Muses

He vowed he would never do it again. But last week Humorist S. J. Perelman was tinkering with a new play.

The Beauty Part has already had a late summer stock tryout—a two-week run at Producer Michael Ellis' Bucks County Playhouse (TIME, July 7). It is Perelman's first, cautious flirtation with the stage since he swore off theatrical writing after a minor disaster called Sweet Bye and Bye closed on the road in 1947. On opening night Perelman was horrified to hear Star Bert Lahr forgetting roughly half his lines, filling in the gaps with Chinese proverbs of his own...

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