The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Apr. 19, 1954

The Magic and the Loss (by Julian Funt) is an adult but unharmonized play. In some degree it is unharmonized, perhaps, through being adult. The play raises a complex of questions; and even if it is not so old-fashioned as to try to answer them, it cannot altogether clothe and dramatize them, either. Playwright Funt tells of Grace Wilson (Uta Hagen), a divorced Manhattan career woman. Grace is gunning for a much bigger job at her advertising agency. She has an agency executive (Lee Bowman) for a lover, a 14-year-old son (Charles Taylor) who stumbles onto the love affair, and an...

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