New Plays in Manhattan, Dec. 10, 1945

The Mermaids Singing (by John van Druten; produced by Alfred de Liagre Jr.) puts a pleasant little bauble in a very large box and fills in all the open spaces with tissue paper. The result, as always with an overwrapped gift, is disappointing.

In his new play, the author of The Voice of the Turtle is concerned with the oft-told, always tellable story of the middle-aged celebrity and the infatuated young girl. This time the man, who has made a Broadway reputation by writing sexy plays, is married; the girl, a restless young...

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