THEATER: COMIC TURNS

A NEW BROADWAY FARCE MAKES THE CONVENTIONAL CONVIVIAL

Heaven lies far away, in California. It's called The Twilight of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a movie to be directed by Frank Capra. Purgatory is right at hand, in Buffalo, New York. It's where a pair of aging stage actors, George Hay (Philip Bosco) and his wife Charlotte (Carol Burnett), dream of starring in the Capra film. Instead, on this June day in 1953, they are reprising rundown performances of Cyrano and Private Lives. Payrolls are not being met, and their troupe is nearing mutiny.

It has been more than 30 years since Carol Burnett appeared on Broadway. What lured her back...

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