Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Sep. 17, 1928

Machinal. It is related that Sophie Treadwell, author of Machinal and in private life the wife of Sports-Columnist W. O. McGeehan, witnessed the murder trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray; that brooding upon it, she was able to select from the gaudy tangle a single thread on which to build her tragedy. Thus in Machinal a young woman marries, to escape the routine of work in an office, a gross and chuckling businessman. She bears him a child which she hates as she fears its father; then, in a speakeasy, she meets a...

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