The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Nov. 28, 1932

Dear Jane (by Eleanor Holmes Hinkley; Civic Repertory Theatre, producer). ''Acting," wrote Novelist Jane Austen, "seldom satisfied me." It is inconceivable that either the acting or the playwriting of Dear Jane, a dramatic biography of clever Novelist Austen, would have satisfied her. Seldom if ever has the capable Civic Repertory company dulled its fine tools on material so obdurate.

Dear Jane opens with a prolog in London's Cheshire Cheese tavern. Time: the night of Dec. 16, 1775. There sits grumbling Dr. Johnson, eating dirtily with...

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