The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Jan. 9, 1950

She Stoops to Conquer (by Oliver Goldsmith; produced by the New York City Theatre Company) opened an eight-week repertory season at Manhattan's City Center. Theater has never done as well at the cavernous Center as opera or ballet; but the new engagement had promise. It included among its wares The Corn Is Green and The Devil's Disciple. It could boast of Maurice Evans as its boss. It had a lot of well-known actors on its roster, an advance of $130,000 in its till.

The 178-year-old She Stoops to Conquer displayed, for all its years, surprising bounce and some still unwrinkled humor. The...