THEATER: Les Formidables

As the Great White Way continues to dim, off-Broadway glitters

At the end of Charles Busch's campy 1985 hit Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, the two ageless, eponymous hags decide to take their act on the road. Tahoe, Chicago, Boston and then the glittering climax -- Broadway! Well, dears, that's one faded dream. The Great White Way still welcomes the big musicals, those theme parks with song cues, and a few dramas (usually developed elsewhere, often with subsidies). But it is now only one stop -- perhaps the biggest, and at $75 a top ticket surely the priciest -- on the world tour of hits. For original work, for vitality and glamour,...

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