The Theater: Sophisticate for Sale

UNSUNG COLE

Conceived and Directed by

NORMAN L. BERMAN

The stage resurrection of Cole Porter has apparently begun. Some songs of his that have been heard rarely in public, or not at all, are being presented in concert form by an attractive company of three women and two men at off-Broadway's Circle Repertory Company.

A sophisticate's sophisticate, Porter was perhaps the closest U.S. equivalent to Noël Coward, yet not quite his equal. Though Porter was a wily wizard of rhyme, he lacked some of the inventive fun of Coward's lines. Despite Porter's infatuation with what he called the "rich-rich," he is less intercontinental than Coward....

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