The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Oct. 25, 1954

The Tender Trap (by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith) is the usual trap set for bachelors—with the usual outcome.

Thirty-five-year-old Charlie Reader is not just the usual bachelor, however; he is part of what the authors portray as a special Manhattan breed—men besieged in their own apartments by an endless stream of attractive, obliging, gift-bearing women who are also more than happy to cook or clean house for monsieur. In the face of such good fortune, Charlie (well-played by Ronny Graham) has not the slightest desire to marry.

To complicate matters, Charlie's married...

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