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'Enter Laughing': Carl Reiner story sings its way onto Wallis stage

'Enter Laughing': Carl Reiner story sings its way onto Wallis stage

“Enter Laughing,” Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical 1958 novel, has had nearly as varied a career as its author. Playwright Joseph Stein (“Fiddler on the Roof”) turned it into a Broadway play (1963), a film (1967), a Broadway musical that famously flopped (1976) and then, with director Stuart Ross, a successful off-Broadway musical (2008), which is now at the Wallis Annenberg Center in its West Coast premiere. Its provenance may suggest a theatrical zombie, kept alive long after its prime and repeatedly forced on an unreceptive public. Although “Enter Laughing” is undeniably a product of its era, wringing juice from seemingly withered stereotypes...

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