MR. ARCULARIS: A PLAY IN Two ACTS (83 pp.)Conrad AikenHarvard Uni versity ($2.75).
Anesthetist: He's ready now, Doctor.
Dr. Alderton: Pulse?
Anesthetist: Still ninety . . .
Dr. Alderton: Right. (With emphasis.) We're off.
The patient whose heart is about to be bared and repaired is Mr. Arcularis, originally the sad, gentle hero of a taut, understated Conrad Aiken short story which first appeared in T. S. Eliot's Criterion in 1932. Fourteen years later, dramatized with the help of British Actress-Writer Diana Hamilton, it achieved a four-week run in London. Now, still haunted by what the...