Theatre: Best Plays in Manhattan: Mar. 5, 1928

These are the plays which, in the light of metropolitan criticism, seem most important.

SERIOUS

Porgy—Charleston Negroes seen through a glass darkly but not faintly (TIME, Oct. 24).

COQUETTE—Light love affairs, for Helen Hayes, grow serious and presently become tragic (TIME, Nov. 21).

STRANGE INTERLUDE—Eugene O'Neill's history, in nine acts and five hours, of a lady for whom life has arranged defeat (TIME, Feb. 13).

Other well regarded serious plays: ESCAPE, CIVIC REPERTORY PRODUCTIONS, MARCO MILLIONS, MAYA.

MELODRAMA

THE SILENT HOUSE—A thoroughly heathen Chinee up to his mysterious and blood-chilling tricks (TIME, Feb. 20).

THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN—A chorine commits murder and makes a killing (TIME, Oct. 3).

INTERFERENCE—In...