The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Nov. 5, 1951

The Fourposter (by Jan de Hartog; produced by The Playwrights' Company) is a play with only two characters that slices up 30-odd years of marriage under the same roof into six period-costumed, eminently conjugal little playlets. There is the embarrassment of the wedding night, the excitement over the first baby, the crisis over the other woman, the husband in a dither about their teen-age son, the wife in the dumps after their daughter's wedding, the sale of the house and moving away.

The play is pap for sentimental housewives who, to begin with, love watching a husband & wife (Hume Cronyr &...

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