The Theater: Arms and the Bard

At Fort George G. Meade, Md., competing with three camp movies, Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson presented Macbeth, drew 1,000 soldier spectators, wound up with ten excited, claqueless curtain calls. When question cards were passed put, 900 of the spectators replied emphatically that they wanted more shows like Macbeth. Only complaint: "The seats are too hard."

Interest in Shakespeare's dark & bloody tale flowed over into the intermission with comments like: "They'll get that louse Macbeth. Watch. I know the plot." Highbrows might smile at such remarks, but Shakespeare would have understood them. Last week's groundlings were capable of a more direct...

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