Theater: Poppycocky

The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd brings back Anthony Newley, the versatile book-song-mime-and-dance man of Stop the World, to belabor his favorite subject —what a raw deal the Little Man gets in this worst of all possible worlds. This time, Newley's ubiquitous underdog is called Cocky instead of Littlechap, though the aptest name for him would be Poppycocky.

Under a pretentiously artsy façade, Newley slams the audience with a symbol as if it were a clown's pig bladder. Cocky is pitted against an autocratic upper-class fat cat in a dented top hat named Sir (Cyril Ritchard). Sir makes the...

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