It would be nice to report that this celebrated comedy is as fresh in the Roundabout Theatre's Broadway revival as it was in 1939, when it opened. Sadly, despite an acidly amusing star turn by Nathan Lane, the story of a curmudgeonly radio commentator forced to spend two weeks with an Ohio family now seems tedious and self-indulgent. There's satiric potential in a middle-American family's encounter with celebrity boorishness, but we get too little feeling for the family and way too much for the hammy show-biz types who troop on and off the stage. For almost three hours!
--By Richard Zoglin