The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Mar. 15, 1948

The Hallams (by Rose Franken; produced by William Brown Meloney) are the same Manhattan family that Playwright Franken wrote about, 16 years ago, in Another Language. Most of them are now distinctly middleaged, almost all of them still invincibly middleclass. Doughty Grandma Hallam (well played by Ethel Grimes) still trumpets the glories and responsibilities of the Hallams' name, still tries to keep them all together—and all of them under her thumb.

But for all Grandma's efforts, there are small—and even large—defiances and disasters (a granddaughter coolly marries outside the faith and a tuberculous...

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