The Theater: Second Front

Victorious on Broadway (TIME, Nov. 1), Shakespeare is also advancing at a neat clip up the West Coast. Last month Cinemactor John Carradine (Grapes of Wrath, Reunion in France) "dress rehearsed" Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, at Pasadena's famed Playhouse, a Shakespeare stronghold that has produced all 37 of the Bard's plays. Carradine's productions were thoughtful rather than exciting, shunned novelty and sensationalism: as Shylock, for example, Carradine refused to point up the racial issue. But, despite gas rationing, Carradine's three-week run broke all Playhouse records for Shakespeare, turned away 250 people a week.

Last week Carradine's Hamlet gave San Francisco...

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