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Local playwright gets Broadway debut

NEW YORK - In the sleek restaurant of a boutique hotel a few blocks from the Cort Theatre, the Broadway house where her name is emblazoned on the marquee, Lydia R. Diamond looked over the breakfast menu with a careful eye on cost. Though someone else was picking up the check, she was on guard against ordering extravagantly.

“It’s a Pavlovian response to hotel prices,’’ she said, having settled at last on a bacon and cheddar omelet. “And I spend so much time in hotels, it just makes me crazy.’’

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