The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, may 2, 1955

Inherit the Wind (by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee) flashes back across history to 1925 and the celebrated "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tenn. The locale, to be sure, is unspecified in the play and the names are fictitious, but there is never for a moment any pretense of fiction. John T. Scopes, the young schoolmaster who violated Tennessee law by teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, is called Bertram Gates; Henry Drummond, the lawyer who defends him, is clearly Clarence Darrow; and by whatever name, the archdefender of fundamentalism would be William Jennings Bryan.

In the theatrical sense, following history has its...

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