The Press: Seven on the Aisle

Along Broadway last week, first-nighters twice crowded in excitedly for the openings of new plays: Jean Giraudoux's Ondine and Elmer Rice's The Winner (see THEATER). Among the celebrity-packed audience at each opening were seven men whose arrivals in the theater were meticulously noted by people on both sides of the curtain. The seven: New York's big daily newspaper critics, who wield a power in their field that few newsmen can match. As soon as the final cur tain touched the stage, four of them hurried for the exits and made for their offices, where...

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