Theater: Quartet

TINTYPES Conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle

This show is a box of delectable bonbons, most of them early 20th century musical Americana. Tintypes is tender rather than torrid, its nostalgia is toothsomely sweet, not gooey.

There are close to 50 songs all together, clustered in sections that form a kind of rudimentary sociocultural chronicle. In "Arrivals," a Jewish immigrant (Jerry Zaks) just off the boat sings The Yankee Doodle Boy with an accent you could ladle with a chicken soup spoon. Later, as a fully assimilated show-biz tintype, he...

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