The Theatre: Best Plays in Manhattan: Mar. 12, 1928

These are the plays which, in the light of metropolitan criticism, seem most important.

SERIOUS

PORGY—The absorbing details of love and life and murder* as practised by Negroes on the Charleston docks (TIME, Oct. 24).

COQUETTE—Helen Hays as a young Southern lady who plays too dangerously with the fire of caprice (TIME, Nov. 21).

STRANGE INTERLUDE—Eugene O'Neill's encyclopedic study of a neurotic woman played, through five hours, by the Theatre Guild (TIME, Feb. 13).

Other well regarded serious plays: ESCAPE, CIVIC REPERTORY PRODUCTIONS, MARCO MILLIONS.

MELODRAMA

THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN—A chorus girl is charged with murder, her trial with excitement (TIME, Oct. 3).

ROPE—Shot-gun weddings, lynchings, seductions, religious...

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