The Theatre: Approved by Experts

Last week a play was produced in one prison while its author languished in another. At Sing Sing, Taken from Life unwound through 22 scenes, involved a murder defendant whose guilt or innocence the audience was pointedly asked to judge. In Tombs Prison in Manhattan, Playwright Arthur Chalmers, also charged with murder, still had ahead of him the verdict of a more orthodox jury.

A former mounted policeman, Playwright Chalmers for many years did duty on Manhattan's theatre-crammed 45th Street. He loved stage folk, let stars park their cars overtime so long as...

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