Theater: Best Plays in Manhattan: Dec. 12, 1927

These are the plays which, in the light of metropolitan criticism, seem most important.

SERIOUS

THE LETTER—Katharine Cornell shoots a lover and tells why.

COQUETTE—Love turns to rend a flirt. Helen Hayes' best performance.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM— Shakespeare in a scintillating synthesis of music and ballet. In German,

CIVIC REPERTORY THEATRE—Eva Le Gallienne's troupe in a shifting bill of sound plays, soundly played.

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE—Walter Hampden keeping green the memory of Ibsen.

PORGY—A crippled Negro's love along the docks of Charleston.

MELODRAMA THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN—A court room...

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