The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Feb. 17, 1947

The Story of Mary Surratt (by John Patrick; produced by Russell Lewis & Howard Young) is not too widely known, considering its connection with the most famous murder in U.S. history. Mrs. Surratt's Washington boardinghouse was the meeting place for John Wilkes Booth and his fellow conspirators (one of whom was her son). After Lincoln's assassination, the widow Surratt was among those tried before a military commission and hanged.

There is still some doubt that she was involved in the conspiracy. Her trial, in any case, was highly irregular. Defense counsel (Senator Reverdy Johnson, played by Kent Smith as an early Maryland...

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