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Exit Lines LogoThe bad news: It’s been a weak season for new plays on Broadway. The good news: There are some worthwhile revivals. The worst ¬†news: My very favorite, a 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, closes tomorrow at the Belasco. Damn. And double damn for not saying anything before it until now. With more support, a limited run might have carried on for a few more rounds.

Recently reupholstered, and still gleaming, the Belasco may be my favorite Broadway house, a true jewel box. I’ve seen several favorite plays there, among them the thrilling World War I piece Journey’s End and the musical Passing Strange (and a favorite flop, Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula tuner). A few seasons back Lincoln Center Theater revived Odets’ Awake and Sing! there,¬†with Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, and the late Ben Gazzara. The excitement you felt at the Belasco was that of dust being blown off a