Theater: Best Plays in Manhattan

Most sensational: The Children's Hour (sex in a girl's school) and Noel Coward's Point Valaine (sex in the Caribbean).

Biggest box-office attraction: Robert Sherwood's The Petrified Forest, in which Leslie Howard runs into a mob of itinerant gangsters.

Most popular musical: Anything Goes!, with Cole Porter music and Victor Moore as Public Enemy No. 13.

Most spectacular performers: Elisabeth Bergner in Escape Me Never! and Katharine Cornell as Juliet.

Funniest comedies: Laburnum Grove (suburban British nonsense) and Three Men on a Horse (picking the ponies).

Oldest in town: Tobacco Road, Georgia back-country drama still going...

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