The Patient Is Impatient

TITLE: WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH

AUTHORS: GARRY MARSHALL AND LOWELL GANZ

WHERE: OFF-BROADWAY

THE BOTTOM LINE: George C. Scott's trademark irascibility cannot salvage a hospital comedy by two Hollywood hands.

The best moment is the first, when an old lion of a man taps his way, tentative yet trying to be ferocious, toward the hospital bed at center stage. He removes wraparound dark glasses to reveal eyes that do not focus, that plainly cannot see. He fumbles, with slow majesty, to untie the sash of his robe. An audience cannot help feeling the brave pathos of the character and the star...

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