The Theater: Little Theater's Big Hit

Los Angeles' Beachwood Theater Studio holds 73 people. By last week it was shoe-horning in 85 every night—most of them Hollywood's great. Its unpaid, unprofessional performers had a thundering hit on their hands, a vivid war play called Cry Havoc which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has snagged for $10,000 and the Shuberts have snatched for Broadway.

Written by 35-year-old, Canadian-born Allan Kenward, an M.G.M. director of shorts, Cry Havoc has an all-female cast, tells of volunteer nurses huddled for weeks in a bomb shelter on Bataan. Its minimum of plot deals with the Fifth-Column finaglings of one of them. But Cry Havoc does not need...

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