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For many years I made my living working on television and Broadway and I loved playing the piano for Broadway legends who were recreating an original performance. I felt I was suddenly transported back to the Golden Age of Musicals, a period I missed, but imagined as intensely as any cast-album producer could have wished.
If you want an insightful, often-ironic look at the cultural ether, ask a comic. If you want to know how New York City's population operates, ask Colin Quinn. His The New York Story, now off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater, zings ethnicity, political correctness and the bland stupidity of ignoring diversity.
Shows for Days is closer, in style and genre, to Joseph Stein's 1963 adaptation of Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing. But that play--which launched the acting career of Alan Arkin and the directing career of Gene Saks--offered what the New York Times critic of the day described as continuous "side-splitting laughs."