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But while it touts the seemingly virtuous goal of regulated competition, Fighting for Air blares its call so brassily that you wind up wondering if some of these questions aren't more complex.
All fur coat and no knickers, she brassily arrives at old Betty's retirement do with her nose so high in the air they have to send up oxygen tanks.
Most boxing these days is dire - full of loud-mouthed pestilences trumpeting their own alleged talents so brassily you suspect they're having more trouble convincing themselves than the more cynical breed of punter.
Certainly this show's brassily charming score, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, fizzes and pops and rhumbas with timeless energy, tossing around flashes of musical and verbal wit like so much confetti.
Upon entering a bar and finding herself ignored, she immediately becomes the center of attention when she asks brassily, "Jesus Christ, who does a girl have to suck around here to get a drink?
Not only that, her six jailmates include other crime passionnel "victims" (that is, murderesses) overseen but not overlooked by Matron "Mama" Morton (Marcia Lewis), the ultimate pro at quid pro quo, as she brassily proclaims in her big song, "When You're Good to Mama.