The one trick [Doug] Henning [producer of Merlin] couldn’t perform, however, was making the critics disappear. When previews dragged on for eight weeks and three opening dates were canceled, Frank Rich of the New York Times and Douglas Watt of the Daily News chose to review the show two weeks prior to its latest opening date. This prompted intense debate, with Clive Barnes in the New York Post condemning his colleagues’ actions and co-producer Marvin Krauss asking the press, “Why didn’t [the critics] cover ‘A Dolls Life’ when it began previewing here after ten weeks in Los Angeles?”

Not Since Carrie, by Ken Mandelbaum

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