The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 30, 1950

The Cocktail Party (by T. S. Eliot; produced by Gilbert Miller) is not a complete success as a play. But it is a major event in the theater. Not only is most of it a very remarkable piece of writing, but it is of a different order and it operates at a different level from any new play that Broadway has offered in years.

It is a long, religious, didactic play, in verse. Yet it has the character of a psychological study, of drawing-room comedy, of domestic drama. It begins significantly with a cocktail party,...

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