The Theatre: Old Play in Manhattan: Apr. 22, 1940

When Maurice (rhymes with Horace) Evans returned to Broadway this month in Richard II, critics reiterated what theatregoers did not need to be told: that here was the outstanding Shakespearean actor of the day. In the three years since he had first electrified Broadway as Richard Evans had crossed and recrossed the U. S. like a moving torch, playing Shakespeare (usually to packed houses) some 700 times. Such a three-year record the U. S. has rarely seen.

The record is the more remarkable in that Evans tackled Shakespeare the hard way. Instead of giving audiences the usual chestnuts, he chose Henry IV,...

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