The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Feb. 26, 1951

The Small Hours (by George S. Kaufman & Leueen MacGrath; produced by Max Gordon) is 26 scenes worth of life among big-shot Manhattan intellectuals. It displays them at sleek dinner parties, in cabs and sport cars, in offices and boudoirs, at smart restaurants and resorts. It shows them two-timing and double-crossing, ladling out flattery, dishing up scandal. It portrays in particular the Mitchell family—a brilliant, middle-aged publisher (Paul McGrath), his selfish daughter, his muddled son, and his wife Laura (Dorothy Stickney), who is clumsy and crushed in a world at once beyond and beneath her. But Laura ends up a kind...