The Theatre: Marvelous Boy

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Art theatres, experimental theatres, repertory theatres are like frail children. They get the most devoted care, but seldom get any exercise, grow any muscle, gain any weight. In the quarter-century before 1937, Manhattan saw only four such theatres survive adolescence: the Theatre Guild, the Provincetown Hay-house, the Civic Repertory Theatre (thanks to Director Eva Le Gallienne), the Group Theatre (thanks chiefly to Playwright Clifford Odets).

When Broadway heard last summer that two up-&-coming young men were starting a new repertory company, play-goers waited with lively interest but natural distrust...

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