The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Nov. 20, 1950

The Lady's Not for Burning (by Christopher Fry; produced by Atlantis Productions) is laid in the Middle Ages, written in verse, and rife with imagery. It sounds like dust and cobwebs; what it turns out to be is a broom. With great impish strokes and elaborate flourishes—and winking and singing as he works—Christopher Fry (see below) sweeps the prosy and the plausible off the boards for an hour. It is the performance of a fellow who not only knows how to handle a broom, but at intervals can ride off on the broomstick.

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