The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 23, 1939

The White Steed (by Paul Vincent Carroll; produced by Eddie Dowling) is, thematically, much the same play as Carroll's Shadow and Substance. But it is a better play. Shadow and Substance leaned too heavily on portraiture; The White Steed also has plot. Shadow and Substance was enveloped in a cloud of mysticism; The White Steed shows the warm flesh of humanity. Shadow and Substance had too literary a finish; The White Steed is often combustibly dramatic.

Carroll's centre of conflict is again religion, and the Church's relation to the people. The warmhearted, benignly sly old Canon of an Irish village has...

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