The Theatre: Respite

Since Christmas, 1935, Actress Helen Hayes and her Victoria Regina troupe have played their episodic drama with thumping success through a two-season Manhattan run. a meandering road tour. Last week in Chicago, Actress Hayes & company joined with a few Tovarich troupers for a busman's holiday. Their respite: a one-matinee performance of The Merchant of Venice, with Actress Hayes a pint-sized Portia, Abraham Sofaer her Disraeli, as Shylock. Explanation: 1) Actress Hayes had always wanted to play Shakespeare; 2) the company had been playing Victoria so long they were fit to be...

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