The Theater: Lumps in London

A well-known London character named "Professor" Townley Searle last week showered first-nighters at the new Noel Coward play with leaflets protesting its polemical content. Many critics thought he might have saved paper and pencil; they found Peace in Our Time quite innocent of content. Some concluded that melodrama had marked him for her own. But many agreed that Playwright Coward, guided by his personal mental radar, had scored another smash hit.

"Cannot possibly fail," chanted the Daily Telegraph. "Too moving, too, too exciting, too deft—and too timely. We need to be reminded just now...

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