To The Rescue

TITLE: CONRACK

AUTHOR: MUSIC BY LEE POCKRISS; LYRICS BY ANNE CROSWELL; BOOK BY GRANVILLE BURGESS

WHERE: FORD'S THEATER, WASHINGTON

THE BOTTOM LINE: An unashamedly old-fashioned, optimistic tale, told with charm and polish.

AS SOON AS PLAYGOERS PERUSing the program spot that one of the big song-and- dance numbers is sardonically titled White Liberal to the Rescue, they can guess three things about Conrack. First, it has an unabashed political concern. Second, it tackles issues with more complexity than is found in most musicals. Third, it is unashamedly old-fashioned -- talky, story-driven, folksy and optimistic. What one can't foretell is that mostly...

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