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Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: May 28, 1928

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She Stoops to Conquer. The theatre-goers of Manhattan have no proper respect for the classics; when they were permitted to view this famous old comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, their faces were not seen to twitch with pleasure, excitement, or surprise. Little did it matter to them that Producer George Grouse Tyler was offering this amiable revival at popular prices; that D. Lyn Harding, Mrs. Leslie Carter, Fay Bainter, Glenn Hunter, Pauline Lord and O. P. Heggie were listed in the cast. The sly choirs of critics were heard chirping in shrill and resonant annoyance; some of the stars, they justly cried, were out of orbit; the play itself was not quite so twinkling as they had been led to suppose. It retained mainly the charm of graceful and sometimes naughty antiquity.

Anna. Young love in the latin quarter is a theme both sweet and sacred for the writer of romantic plays. In this one Lou Tellegen is the Velvet Joe of sculptury and Judith Anderson is his pretty model who poses for him in the nude, who wagers that if he can marry a certain heiress she will give him her all, and who turns out, on the date of payment, to be herself none other than the rich and reckless lady.

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