The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Nov. 8, 1937

Many Mansions (by Jules Eckert Goodman and Eckert Goodman; produced by Many Mansions Inc.). Some bad plays, like tortoises, protect themselves by withdrawing everything—beginning, ending, and legs to stand on—under a shell of unassailable convention. Many Mansions' armor plate—the Church—does not succeed altogether in fending criticism from its vulnerabilities: its stiff dialogue, thin ideas, creaking earnestness. Nevertheless, the play's carapacious subject will probably save it from instant death.

In Scene I, a curly-haired youngster (Alexander Kirkland) gives up sweetheart and golf clubs when off-stage voices, quoting scripture, call him to the Church's...

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