The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 7, 1955

The Grand Prize (by Ronald Alexander) is a modern-style romantic comedy about a bachelor boss and his young secretary. That is to say, it is never for a moment soppily romantic: against a sophisticated Manhattan background, with flecks of satiric nonsense in the air, the parties concerned keep sex at fingernail's distance in the process of arriving at marriage. There is also a modern-style fillip to the plot: by way of a TV program, the secretary becomes her boss's boss for a day—and starts him off mixing the drinks, cleaning the apartment and doing the laundry.

But less vital than how she...

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