The Theater: Half-New Play in Manhattan

Medea (freely adapted from the Greek of Euripides by Robinson Jeffers; produced by Robert Whitehead & Oliver Rea) seemed to many first-nighters last week what it seemed to Macaulay a hundred years ago—Euripides' greatest play. To be sure, Euripides didn't have much to do with last week's enthusiasm. More in the limelight was Poet Robinson Jeffers for his quite free, sometimes florid, but generally effective adaptation. Still more in the limelight was John Gielgud for his skillful staging (though not for his performance as Jason). Most in the limelight was Judith Anderson for her really tremendous performance in the title role.


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