THE PLAY THAT DIDN’T GO WRONG
ONE SUNDAY afternoon, producer Kenny Wax saw a play at the Trafalgar Studios. The production had been mounted on a shoestring budget, but the audience was laughing so much that Wax suspected he’d seen a potential hit.
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