The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 15, 1954

The Burning Glass (by Charles Morgan) is one more melodrama in which a scientist discovers a new source of power —this time by harnessing the heat of the sun. Being the work of Charles Morgan, it is meant as far more—though at times it comes off as far less—than a mere thriller. The author of The Fountain is a stylishly earnest writer who, while posing philosophic debates over when the new weapon should be used, offers cultivated characters who spout Shakespeare and Keats and dress regularly for destruction.

They are all cozily upper-class—indeed, the Prime Minister who hurriedly arrives to claim Christopher...

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