The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Apr. 2, 1945

The Deep Mrs. Sykes (by George Kelly; produced by Stanley Gilkey & Barbara Payne) is the first play in nearly a decade by the man who left his imprint on the 1920s with The Torch Bearers, The Show-Off, Craig's Wife. The Deep Mrs. Sykes is not their equal. It is a little too talky, too thin, too pat. But it asserts its theatrical independence at every turn, it makes grown-up assumptions, and the best of it seems written with a rapier rather than a pen.

Beginning with a middle-aged matron and a bit of perplexing gossip, The Deep Mrs. Sykes ends by...

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