The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Feb. 26, 1945

The Stranger (by Leslie Reade; produced by Shepard Traube) is Producer Traube's first Broadway show since he vaulted to prominence with Angel Street. Like Angel Street, it is a thriller laid in Victorian London. Unlike Angel Street, it is sadly lacking in thrills.

The scene is a workers' club in a slum rife with Jack-the-Ripper murders; the stranger is an egotistical, foreign-born young cobbler (Eduard Franz) who is suspected of committing them. But from the outset he is made to seem so guilty that you never for a second doubt his innocence. Hence there is little suspense. With all the murders occurring...

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