Theatre: Old Play in Manhattan: Jan. 2, 1939

Outward Bound (by Sutton Vane; produced by The Playhouse Co.). Seeing an attractive play again after 15 years is usually as disillusioning as re-encountering a once-attractive woman. But Outward Bound comes off better than "well-preserved," still retains its humor, imaginativeness, suspense and its more elusive quality of "theatre." Profound, or even provocative, it never was; the play is effective just because it treats the idea of death simply, concretely, familiarly. The appeal of Playwright Sutton Vane's imagination is not its incandescence or daring, but its deep kinship with Everyman's.

Still teasing and dramatic...

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