The Theater: Tinsel Jubilee

Manhattan's Theater Guild began its 25th season last week with two new Broadway productions. They revealed that, at 25, the Guild is past its prime. Neither Ketti Frings's Mr. Sycamore nor Philip Barry's Without Love would probably have rated a bid to the exciting birthday parties of the Guild's youth, when whimsey and small talk were freezingly snubbed.

Mr. Sycamore tells of a postman who, tired of walking and sick to death of people, decides he would like to become a tree. He plants himself in the backyard, and begins by catching cold and...

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