The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan, Oct. 19, 1942

The Eve of St. Mark (by Maxwell Anderson; produced by The Playwrights' Company) is the first successful U.S. war play. Its artistic qualities are debatable, but it is vivid theater, beautifully staged by Director Lem Ward (Uncle Harry, Brooklyn, U.S.A.), and the story it tells, unvarnished in its simplicity, is unbeatable in its appeal. Of late years the flossiest of playwrights, Maxwell Anderson in The Eve of St. Mark has contrived no elaborate plot, essayed no vaulting rhetoric, embraced no queer philosophy. He does not have to. While other playwrights have floundered or...

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