The Theater: Broadway's Best

The top U.S. theatrical reference book is the Best Plays series, begun in 1919 by the late Burns Mantle. Available this week: The Best Plays of 7955-7954 (Dodd, Mead; $5) edited—for the second season—by TIME'S drama critic, Louis Kronenberger. Since last season was memorable for many competent rather than outstanding plays, Kronenberger concedes that the ten best he selected were not markedly better than the next ten. He finally gave the accolade to four hit plays: The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Tea and Sympathy, The Teahouse of the August Moon,...

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