The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Dec. 8, 1958

Cue for Passion (by Elmer Rice) has not gone to Hamlet merely for its title; it has gone there, quite openly, for its basic characters and plot. Since many Hamlets of one kind or another preceded Shakespeare's, it is not out of line that others should follow it; after all, it is for being the most fascinating of English plays that Hamlet remains the most familiar.

With any such retelling comes the added fascination of comparison: it is like returning to a former home to see how someone else has furnished it. In Cue for Passion the furnishings are sparser and...

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