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YOU ALMOST HAVE TO BE A MUSICAL OR A REVIVAL TO MAKE IT ON BROADWAY THESE DAYS, BUT IN LONDON THE PLAY'S STILL THE THING

WHEN TERRENCE MCNALLY'S Love! Valour! Compassion! transferred from off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club to the Walter Kerr Theater last month, it instantly took on a special status: it became the sole new straight play on Broadway, and only the third to open there all season (out of 15 new productions in total). McNally rightly saw the distinction as dubious. "I take very little pleasure in it," he told a luncheon of the American Theater Wing shortly afterwards. "I wish there were 30 new plays on Broadway."

To find a thriving scene like that, McNally and other theater lovers can only look to...

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