The Theatre: Annual Report

No monuments will be erected to the Broadway season of 1939-40. In solid achievement, it proved the weakest in years. It lacked also exciting experiment—had nothing to compare with the Sceneryless Stage, a one-act Julius Caesar, Pins and Needles, Hellzapoppin, The Swing Mikado. Few, even, of its many failures were honorable. It had only one distinction: its jokes were good. The Man Who Came to Dinner, Life with Father, The Male Animal, Morning's at Seven and two or three musical shows made it an excellent season for comedy.

On the serious side, it had...

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