January brings the doldrums to the New York theater world. The glitzy Broadway openings of the autumn are over; the spring’s pre-Tony-deadline frenzy has not yet begun. Critics have summed up the previous year in top-ten lists, which have been yawned at and recycled. Tourists go home; locals stay indoors; and producers attempt to bolster their box office with bargain-ticket deals.
This January, though, Off-Broadway’s sophisticated...
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