The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 28, 1952

The Shrike (by Joseph Kramm) is a scary blend of theatricalism and truth— a case history of an intelligent man who, having attempted suicide, is brought to the psychiatric ward of a city hospital. Completely sane, he comes up against maddening institutional methods of both procedure and inquiry. And beyond his medical inquisitors, there is the wife he has deserted for another woman. Outwardly all devotion to the man who scorned her, she is viciously determined he shall not walk out of the hospital into any arms but her own. Half-crazed by the hospital's methods of therapy and by relationships in...

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