The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Sep. 28, 1942

The Morning Star (by Emlyn Williams; produced by Guthrie McClintic) augurs well: it provides a talented playwright with a timely theme. But in spite of a smooth production topped by deft, middle-aged English Actress Gladys Cooper, it works out badly: the author of The Corn is Green won't respect his material, can't resist shooting the works. Dealing with an upper middle-class London household during the blitz, The Morning Star is so rammed with happenings—deaths, births, accidents, war news, medical discoveries, rooms to let, illicit love affairs—that after a while the play's title seems less like a symbol of hope than the...

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