The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Dec. 16, 1957

The Makropoulos Secret (by Karel Capek) is a kind of philosophic mystery story—by the author of R.U.R.—first produced in the '20s. It is the kind of phililosophic mystery story that Director Tyrone Guthrie, with his instinct for theater and his itch for new slants, would clearly have enjoyed remodeling. The Guthrie treatment did not mean giving the play a more modern look or a different philosophic spin. It meant reverting to a 19th century mode of acting and a Continental air of high twaddle—one moment for their value as drama, another for what is...

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