The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 17, 1944

Over Twenty-One (by Ruth Gordon; produced by Max Gordon). It was a dead cinch that in her maiden stage effort Ruth Gordon the playwright would be kind to Ruth Gordon the actress. It was less a cinch that she would also be kind to the audience. But though Over Twenty-One is a collection of comic swatches rather than something cut from whole cloth, it proves a lively evening.

Miss Gordon has written about Paula Wharton—a Dorothy-Parkerish writer who becomes an Army wife—with something like a Parker pen. While Paula's 39-year-old husband sweats for...

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