The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Dec. 4, 1939

The World We Make (adapted by Sidney Kingsley from Millen Brand's novel The Outward Room). The author of Men in White and Dead End has all the earmarks of a realistic dramatist. He deals with "serious" material—the life of hospitals, steam laundries, slums. The audience actually sees the steam and can almost smell the ether; the plays are sprinkled with science, psychiatry, economic awareness, social thinking. But Kingsley exploits realism without achieving reality. Possessing far more of a theatre sense than either a mind or an imagination, he seeks to be effective rather...

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