Show Business: Watch and Wait

Cast and crew fight for a play

The ads say it is "the miracle on 45th Street," and, as miracles are measured on Broadway, it just may be. Whatever it is called, the struggle against the odds of Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine is proof that if enough people care about a play, they can sometimes combat negative reviews.

Watch on the Rhine, which was voted best play of the year by the critics in 1940-41, is a strong anti-Nazi tract, half drama, half propaganda. The 1943 movie version, with Bette Davis and, Paul Lukas, can still evoke tears and anger on...

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