The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Oct. 17, 1938

The Fabulous Invalid (by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman; produced by Sam H. Harris) is picture-postcard history of the U. S. theatre, as Noel Coward's Cavalcade was of modern Britain. For framework, Playwrights Kaufman & Hart have told the story of a particular Manhattan playhouse called the Alexandria Theatre, and for theme they have shown that the theatre, a fabulous invalid frequently on the point of dying, somehow never quite dies.

The curtain of the new, resplendent Alexandria (see cut) first goes up in an age of hansom cabs, and the theatre's great...

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