The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 22, 1940

The Male Animal (by James Thurber & Elliott Nugent; produced by Herman Shumlin) provides Broadway—in a season rich only in comedy—with another comedy hit. A frail, rachitic tyke of a play, with barely enough clothes to cover it, The Male Animal manages to captivate by its impish tongue and winning smile. It resembles a dinner party where there isn't nearly enough food but where the conversation is so amusing that nobody minds.

James Thurber, famous for illustrating The War Between the Sexes with his runaway pencil, has carried the combat to the stage. The...

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