The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Feb. 4, 1929

Serena Blandish. It is the conviction of stupid people that only that which is solemn may be profound and that to seem satirical is to be unsympathetic. Partly for this reason, Serena Blandish will doubtless be misappreciated and en joyed by the well-decorated people who will go to see it. Its inadequacy as a play, however, is not caused by a fallacy in attitude.

Yet its perfections are not marred but diminished, because a play must do more than suggest, however perfectly, a mood, and because an epigram in several scenes is certainly too...

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