The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 3, 1949

Make Way for Lucia (by John van Druten, based on E. F. Benson's novels; produced by the Theatre Guild) tells of a showoff English widow (Isabel Jeans) who settles down for the summer of 1912 in a buzzing English village. Christened Emmeline but always called Lu-chee-a, she also affects gaily soulful garments, ostentatiously moves from the easel to the pianoforte, dabbles in Italian, and occasionally drops into baby talk.

With her, and settling down as her next-door neighbor, has come a dilettantish, old-maidish male (Cyril Ritchard). Against her, from the moment she arrives,...

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