Theater: Lord Love a Wild Duck

A playwright, an actor and a director save the London season

However robust Broadway is, it usually looks anemic compared with London. Thanks in part to the government-subsidized Royal National Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company, London generates three times as many productions as the Great White Way -- including many more new dramas and a much more varied range of revivals -- and commonly does them better. In recent years British superiority even extended to Broadway's signature genre, the musical. As a succession of London hits was packed up for export (and runaway profit), Broadway started to seem like just an early stop on the international touring circuit.

But things have changed....

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