The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Nov. 13, 1950

Hilda Crane (by Samson Raphaelson; produced by Arthur Schwartz) is purely synthetic stuff, but it is chock-full of what a lot of people mean when they speak of a play. It dramatizes the problem of a woman—a woman twice married and divorced, passionate by nature, restless in spirit, divided in mind. In a chastened mood, she marries an admiring dullard she doesn't love, embraces a provincial and domestic existence that cannot last. The play possesses a full pack of such characters as the tough-minded mother (Beulah Bondi) and the son-worshiping mother-in-law (Evelyn Varden)....

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