Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Mar. 6, 1933

American Dream (by George O'Neil; Theatre Guild, producer). Unlike Poet Stephen Vincent Benét, Poet O'Neil makes no attempt to evoke the buffalo-ghost, the broncho-ghost with dollar-silver in its saddle-horn, the pure elixir, the American thing. Poet O'Neil's preachment is the sort of cheap claptrap with which a third-rate evangelist might try to impress a young folks' Bible class. That it impressed the Guild's hard-headed production committee is cause for wonder.

Dramatically, the playwright had two strikes against him when he set out to follow the New England Pingrees, in three acts and...

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