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SIR REX BOWS OUT

Actor Rex Harrison wasn't able to grit his teeth and go on with the show after undergoing dental surgery in Baltimore, so a theater audience had to make do with an understudy. Sir Rex, 81, made it through two acts of W. Somerset Maugham's 1921 play "The Circle" at the Morris Mechanic Theater before the curtain came down and the audience was told he was unable to continue. Producer Elliott Martin said that medication Harrison had received after the durgery had made it impossible for the actor to function normally. Wednesday afternoon's show went on with Harrison's role of the aging British Lord Porteous assumed by Louis Turenne.