The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Dec. 4, 1950

Guys and Dolls (music & lyrics by Frank Loesser; book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows; produced by Feuer & Martin) whizzes through the whole first act hardly once having to stop for a light. If the second act slows thing's up a bit, Guys and Dolls emerges a thoroughly good, lively, lowdown musical. Using fleece-lined tough material of Damon Runyon's, it takes a full-in-the-face but indulgent view of Broadway's cop-fleeing dice players and their dolls. What results, if not always authentic, is raffish and picturesque, and though it seems ground out here...

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