The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Oct. 22, 1951

Glad Tidings (by Edward Mabley; produced by Harald Bromley) is set down in the program as a "romantic comedy." Up on the stage, however, it seems like a sentimental farce—which, if a rarer mixture, is a much less rewarding one. The play tells of a well-known foreign correspondent (Melvyn Douglas) who, on the eve of marrying a magazine heiress (Haila Stoddard), is descended on by a cyclonic actress (Signe Hasso) with whom, 20 years before, he had had an affair. With her are her two grown children, one of whom, he learns, is his.

There is little action thereafter, though much reaction:...

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