Theater: Broadway Out Of the Closet

A musical La Cage aux Folles

Scientists can peer inside the body and brain, and measure wind speed on Mars. But the chemical reaction between performers onstage and an audience a few feet below defies explanation. If a show works, its flaws are easily forgiven and the faces out front light up with enthusiasm. If it does not, those onstage are subjected to the theatrical world's most terrifying noise: the sound of hundreds of yawns, politely stifled. So perhaps it is best not to spend too long trying to explain the attractions of the...

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