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From The CriticsOne of the best books about the American theater is Moss Hart's compelling autobiography Act One. That work, however, only covers Hart's life from his birth in 1904 to 1930, the year of his first Broadway hit, Once in a Lifetime, written in collaboration with George S. Kaufman. Hart never wrote an Act Two, which is a shame, because the second half of his career was every bit as complex and dramatic. Bach's biography fills this gap, chronicling watershed moments throughout Hart's life, including his early successes, his artistic missteps in middle-age and his triumphs in the 1950s and '60s, when he directed both My Fair Lady and Camelot. Not unlike so many contemporary biographers preoccupied with their subjects' sexual secrets, Bach covers the subject of Hart's sexuality. Hart's widow, Kitty Carlisle Hart, has always maintained that her husband was as straight as a blade, but Bach argues that, at least until he married Carlisle and had kids, Hart harbored homosexual tendencies. The biographer also exposes Hart's Aunt Kate, the woman who encouraged Hart's love of theater in his youth. In his own book, Hart described Aunt Kate as a lovable eccentric. Bach reveals that, in fact, she had psychological problems and eventually began stalking the playwright.