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In this theater publicity image released by Philip Rinaldi Publicity, Kate Fry is shown in a scene from "A Minister's Wife," in New York. (AP Photo/Philip Rinaldi Publicity, Paul Kolnik)

Theater Review: Musical based on 'Candida' a pocket-sized jewel

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NEW YORK (AP) -- If "My Fair Lady" is George Bernard Shaw writ large, "A Minister's Wife" is Shaw writ small.

Everything about the new musical based on the playwright's "Candida" seems pocket-sized, from the fragments of songs by Joshua Schmidt to the use of just four musicians to the boiling down of the Shavian story to about 90 minutes without intermission. Even the space where it has landed in New York -- Lincoln Center's the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater -- is intimate.

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