The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 2, 1950

The Rat Race (by Garson Kanin; produced by Leland Hayward) is one more thrust at the hard, cold sidewalks of New York. With a colorful set representing "a piece of Manhattan," and a friendly loafer and shrewish landlady providing an antiphonal chorus, the author of Born Yesterday has portrayed a squalid world of heels and down-at-heels, of furnished rooms and finished lives. The central story, which sounds the most comforting note, begins as Boy-Meets-Girl in Act I, ends as Boy-Mates-Girl in Act III.

The boy (well acted by Barry Nelson) is a saxophone player from the sticks, an easy mark who is...

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