The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, may 6, 1957

The First Gentleman, also known as the Prince Regent and George IV of England, is shown chiefly as a father in Norman Ginsbury's period piece. For two acts the rakish, selfish, stylish Regent insists that Princess Charlotte marry the Prince of Orange, before giving her the Prince Leopold she loves. There are gaudy family scenes—the best one between an unhappy, runaway Charlotte and her unhappier, cast-aside mother—preceding Charlotte's death in childbed at 21.

All this, with handsome Ralph Alswang sets and superb Motley costumes, has a fine storybook air, but no vibration as story. Nor is showing this hopeless family man for...

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