The Theater: Double Jeopardy

The first play by London's zooming Christopher Fry to reach Broadway made news twice last week: first because it opened, then because it closed. A Phoenix Too Frequent was a poor choice for a debut: from the briefest of short stories, Fry had made a very long one-act play. The wit and poetry that glow brightly in his The Lady's Not For Burning (TIME, April 24) merely glint and flicker in Phoenix. But on Broadway Phoenix was as much victim as culprit: it was badly produced, and had to share the billing with something very bad indeed.

Phoenix is a blowup of...

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