The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Dec. 9, 1940

Fledgling (by Eleanor Carroll Chilton & Philip Lewis, produced by Otis Chatfield-Taylor). One of the hardest things in the drama is to make the fires of a purely interior, mental hell apparent to an audience. Usually only the greatest playwrights, the Ibsens and Chekhovs, can do it. Fledgling, adapted from Authoress Chilton's novel Follow the Furies, does it, though it is hardly a great play. It also does other, much less admirable things—confuses its central tragedy with subplots and religious argument in the manner of old-fashioned "problem plays." But the hell remains visible,...

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