The Theater: New Play in Dallas

Dorothy Parker, noted as a wit, verse-writer (Sunset Gun) and movie-scripter (The Fan), seemed to be headed toward Broadway again. It had been 25 years since her first and only Manhattan production—Close Harmony, a flop co-authored by Elmer Rice. In Dallas last week, jittery but still hopeful, she sat with Collaborator Ross Evans in Margo Jones's Theater '49, awaiting the local verdict on their new play, The Coast of Illyria.

Titled after the shore on which Viola and her brother Sebastian are shipwrecked in Twelfth Night, it was a story based on the blighted, bittersweet life of Charles Lamb and his mad...

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