VANE'S ''Outward Bound,'' the tale of a ghost ship on its way to a
port of judgment, has demon--strated its durability in several Broadway
and Hollywood incarnations. Problems begin with the stereotypical
passenger list and extend through the first two acts as the characters
spend their time avoiding the reality of their demise. In the final
act, as the mortals meet their spectral examiner, who rewards each
with a just fate, the evening momentarily awakens.