The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 6, 1958

Miss Isabel (by Michael Plant and Denis Webb) is Shirley Booth, but even that does not help much. With scarcely a sign of talent, the authors of Miss Isabel have tackled a stage subject that might make genius stumble. Their aging, white-haired heroine becomes mentally ill and imagines that she is a young girl and that her embittered, put-upon old-maid daughter is her mother. One act later, Miss Isobel imagines that she is a tiny child who keeps caterpillars in a shoe box.

The theater, with its blunt visual effects, is less suited to so ticklish a story than fiction would be,...

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