The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 17, 1947

Parlor Story (by William McCleery; produced by Paul Streger) might have made a very pleasant comedy had it kepi to the mood of the title. Playwright McCleery has a feeling for people (particularly young people) and a knack for natural and amusing dialogue. But he has cluttered his parlor with ideological furniture and chained his characters to a large hunk of plot.

Parlor Story is about a high-minded professor (Walter Abel) who wants to become president of his university. But he is soon snarled up in the political opportunism of the state governor, the wiles of an unscrupulous newspaper publisher, and the...

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