Show Business: Homosexuals & the Stage

New York Times Broadway Critic Howard Taubman last week nervously cleared his throat and wrote: "It is time to speak openly and candidly of the increasing influence and incidence of homosexuality on New York's stage . . . The public is deluded and misled if polite pretenses are accepted at face value."

Taubman's complaint was only incidentally an impatience with all the private jokes that reach the stage when homosexuals are involved in a production —for example, slices of extraneous dialogue that provoke twitters among the knowing, or a female chorus line that seems...

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