The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 3, 1947

The Druid Circle (by John van Druten; produced by Alfred de Liagre Jr.) deals with life—or rather the awful lack of it—in a wormy provincial British university "near the borders of England and Wales." The leading spirits there are all husks and cinders, all genteel pedants dead from the neck down. Worst of all is 53-year-old Professor White (beautifully played by Leo G. Carroll), whose thin blood has turned to bile, and who hates youth pathologically, not just as something that has vanished, but as something that never came his way.

When Professor White...

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