The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan, Mar. 26, 1945

Dark of the Moon (by Howard Richardson & William Berney; produced by the Messrs. Shubert) laudably strays off the beaten track, but lucklessly tarries too long in the tall grass.

Half fey, half folksy, the play is based on the Southern mountaineer (not the Old English) ballad of Barbara Allen. For love of high-stepping young Barbara (Carol Stone), a witch boy in the Great Smokies (Richard Hart) has a Conjur Woman make him human. But he can remain so, the old crone tells him, only if Barbara stays faithful to him for a year after their marriage. On the last night of...