The Theater: Old Plays In Manhattan, may 12, 1952

The Male Animal (by James Thurber & Elliott Nugent) got the spring season at Manhattan's City Center* off to a very happy start. For what was never much of a play, The Male Animal seems, after twelve years, remarkably engaging entertainment. In chronicling the academic and domestic woes of a mild-mannered English professor, Nugent kept the stagecraft under enough control for Thurber to make all else seem delightfully muddled and periodically mad.

Trouble starts for the professor when he wants to read one of Vanzetti's letters to his class: a reactionary trustee sniffs redness in his politics. Trouble mounts when his wife's...

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