The plot: a talent agent finds a young boy Stinky who has trained a caterpillar, Curley, to dance. The agent, taken with the talented bug, signs Stinkey and Curley to a contract. A media blitz ensues which catapult Curley to fame and the agent and Stinky to fortune. Just when Curley lands the coveted and incredibly lucrative deal with Disney, he disappears. Life returns sadly to normal because Curley is believed to be dead, It is then discovered that he has changed into a lovely butterfly and goes off to find his butterfly fortune in a bittersweet finale.
The social satire of the play is very dated and mostly comes from mocking the style of the various magazines, newspapers and media that carry the stories of Curley. Most of these newspapers are defunct, so the jokes fall flat. The ones about the New Yorker and the New York Daily news still work though. There are also sections about nerdy scientists and such.
The play is sweet and silly though, and fun to read.
One more and then onto a different book.