THEATER: LEGENDS OF THE FALL

TWO VETERAN ACTRESSES LIGHT UP THE SEASON AND SHOW WHAT IT MEANS TO COMMAND A STAGE

HERE'S A SOLITARY WOMAN, NOT young, who holds the stage completely. She's solitary whether or not others stand beside her, for she glows at the center of your vision, and those at the periphery disappear. If Hollywood is notorious as a place where actresses over 40, even the most talented, have trouble finding work, Broadway at the moment seems to set them at a premium. Back on New York stages this fall, their radiance intact, are Carol Channing, 74, in Hello, Dolly!, Julie Andrews, 60, in Victor/Victoria and Carol Burnett, 62, in Moon over Buffalo.

But Dolly and Victor are musicals;...

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