The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 7, 1949

Forward the Heart (by Bernard Reines; produced by Theatre Enterprises, Inc. & Leon J. Bronesky) attempts to treat a compound social fracture—always a ticklish business. Playwright Reines's double-problem play first shows a young painter who has been blinded in the War and is bitterly unadjusted. Only when he falls in love with his mother's sympathetic, intelligent young maid does life seem worth living. Then he discovers that the maid is a Negro.

Horrified for a moment, he finds that he still loves her and wants to marry her. She, in spite of loving him, knows better about marriage—much better after she...

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