New Plays in Manhattan: Nov. 16, 1936

Plumes in the Dust (by Sophie Treadwell; Arthur Hopkins, producer). The theatre enjoys better-mannered audiences than baseball, prize fighting and grand opera, but there are occasions when, on the stage, a playwright's line overshoots its dramatic mark and hits the audience on the funnybone. At Plumes in the Dust, which presents Actor Henry Hull as Edgar Allan Poe, one of several such shots occurred last week when Poe confessed to Elmira Shelton that he had been drinking, and Elmira, looking with tragic concern at his haggard face, exclaimed: ''Oh, Edgar, will you...

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