The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 6, 1950

The Curious Savage (by John Patrick; produced by the Theatre Guild & Russell Lewis & Howard Young) tackles a tempting and dangerous theme. The scene is an elegant mental institution, the story chiefly about an eccentric rich widow (amusingly played by Lillian Gish) whose stepchildren want to keep her from disposing capriciously of their father's fortune. Before being confined, she has contrived to hide the money; and the play proceeds at several interrogatory levels: 1) a farcical one of Where Is the Fortune?; 2) a psychological one of How Mad Is the Lady?; 3) a philosophical one of Is Sanity So...

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