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LUCIFER'S CHILD by William Luce

LUCIFER'S CHILD by William Luce

With nonmusical plays routinely costing $1 million to mount on Broadway and sometimes soaring to twice that, producers are increasingly tempted by one- person shows. Simply staged and lit, they are cheaper both to launch and to keep running, and every season brings one. Broadway last week had three: Tracey Ullman impersonating '50s stage mother Florence Aadland in a tour de force that has just closed; Jackie Mason opining about almost everything; and Julie Harris portraying writer Isak Dinesen. Off-Broadway, Eileen Atkins appears as Virginia Woolf. Artistically, these shows recall the theater's primal origins in storytelling....

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