The Theatre: White Hope

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Among plays, many are copyrighted, but few are chosen. Of close to 5,000 registered with the Copyright Office each year, possibly 2,000 go the Broadway rounds, 500 receive serious consideration, 300 land their authors a contract. Of 100 to 200 that are produced, more than 75% flop, less than 10% become smash hits, two or three run into their second year, one wins a Pulitzer Prize.

Once a decade, by some freak, an Abie's Irish Rose or a Tobacco Road bobs up and refuses to sink for several seasons. Once a decade there...

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