"In Lieu of Reviews"
For background on how this previously unpublished series—introducing all mainstream New York shows between 1970 and 1975—came to be and its relationship to my three The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage volumes (covering every New York play, musical, revue, and revival between 1920 and 1950), please check the prefaces to any of the earlier entries beginning with the letter “A.” See the list at the end of the current entry.
Note: This entry is slightly out of alphabetical order and should precede The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.
THE BAR THAT NEVER CLOSES [Musical Revue/Barroom/Homosexuality/Sex] B: Louisa Rose (Sketches: Marco Vassi); M: Tom Mandel; LY: Louisa Rose, John Braswell, Tom Mandel; D: John Braswell; P: Albert Poland and Bruce Mailman; T: Astor Place Theatre (OB); 12/3/72-13/31/72 (33)
Performed a year earlier at Off-Off Broadway’s La Mama under the title Everything for Everybody, this show on the theme of loneliness was given a regular Off-Broadway mounting under a new name. Its ambience reminded one critic of a Berlin cabaret in the 20s, and the show seemed more a revue than a conventional musical, despite its having a so-called “book.”
The saloon of the new title was a place to which lonely folk—all wearing white makeup—of every sexual persuasion could go to find someone or something to satisfy their longings. Homosexuals, transsexuals, and kinky heterosexual frequent it and sing about their feelings to music described by Clive Barnes as a “quite pleasing, moody, modish tinkle,” but which John Simon dubbed “electrically overamplified nonmusic.” Interspersed among the musical numbers were raunchy erotic skits by Marco Vassi on such subjects as bondage, enemas, and cosmic sex with God.
Barnes enjoyed this “wry comment on sexual permissiveness.” Simon, though, thought it unoriginal and amateurish.”
Abelard and Heloise
Absurd Person Singular
“Acrobats” and “Line”
All My Sons
All Over Town
All the Girls Came Out to Play
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers
And Whose Little Boy Are You?
Anne of Green Gables
Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead
As You Like It
The Au Pair Man
Baba Goya [Nourish the Beast]
The Ballad of Johnny Pot
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel