Theatre: New Plays: Dec. 6, 1926

This Was a Man. Precocious Noel Coward, incessant tosser-off of suavely sexual plays, tossed this one off a bit too carelessly. Though the Lord Chamberlain suppressed the piece in London, Broadway showed signs last week of yawning at one more husband world-wearily indifferent to his cuckoldom.

The wife (Francine Larrimore) is given ample scope for gliding sinuously from chair to chair and finally into the bed of her husband's friend, Major Bathurst (Nigel Bruce), just prior to the second act curtain. When the Major, personifying the stalwart virtues of the British Army,...

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