The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Apr. 12, 1948

Macbeth (by William Shakespeare; produced by Theatre, Inc., in association with Brian Doherty), fortunately for the theater, is a great melodrama as well as a great tragedy. For in the theater the great tragedy does not easily stand forth. Shakespeare's high-placed, higher-seeking, larger-than-life criminals cannot seem tragic unless they first seem very grand, and unless Macbeth, at least, comes to seem as much haunted as hounded. Probably few real murderers have looked into such caverns of the imagination as Macbeth; the whole play, indeed, is as suffused with poetry as it is stained with blood.

Broadway's new Macbeth is far from great...

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