Theater: 11 Celsius

TOMFOOLERY

Music and Lyrics by Tom Lehrer

"Get in line in that processional,/ Step into that small confessional,/ There the guy who's got religion'll/ Tell you if your sin's original." There was a time (circa 1955) when The Vatican Rag caused frissons and merriment all around the campus— circuit. Songwriter Tom Lehrer was a Harvard math professor who could do numbers on anything from sex to the Bomb. But satire is a parasitical art, no stronger than its host. Folk singers, the. military, Freud and faith, all have been familiar targets for over a...

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