The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Feb. 4, 1952

Come of Age (by Clemence Dane and Richard Addinsell) flopped when it was first produced on Broadway in 1934, with Judith Anderson in the leading role. Over the years, it has been mourned in certain circles as a work whose haunting beauty went generally unrecognized. Revived last week at Manhattan's City Center—once again with Actress Anderson—it turned out to be a piece of pretentious nonsense.

It shows the 17-year-old, 18th-century poet Thomas Chatterton winning from Death—in the moment of suicide—a chance to live again, so long as he keeps his past existence secret. Projected into the 20th century, he becomes the lover...

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