New Plays in Manhattan, Apr. 10, 1944

Mrs. January and Mr. Ex (by Zoe Akins; produced by Richard Myers) forfeits the advantage of an amusing situation by forgetting that a situation is not a play. An immensely rich, three-times-married addlepate with Communist leanings (Billie Burke) decides to get in trim for the Revolution by practicing poverty in advance. She rents a $40-a-month house in a New England town, discovers that her widowed landlord (Frank Craven) is a former rock-ribbed Republican President.

Off to a promising start, Playwright Akins soon badly bogs down. In terms of plot, she has little...

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