The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Nov. 13, 1939

Margin for Error (by Clare Boothe; produced by Richard Aldrich & Richard Myers) breaks the jinx on anti-Nazi plays (five in a row flopped last season) by breaking the mold. Playwright Boothe makes everything Nazi-totsy by shifting her scene to the U. S., turning her tale into a lively mystery melodrama, and peppering it with wisecracks like those in The Women and Kiss the Boys Goodbye.

Laid in the German consulate of "an American city," Margin for Error dishes up a consul (admirably played by Otto L. Preminger) who—to go easy on him—steals, lies,...

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