The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 14, 1935

The Petrified Forest (by Robert Sherwood; Gilbert Miller, Leslie Howard, Arthur Hopkins, producers). When, in the first 30 minutes of a show, four men appear carrying sub-machineguns, a spectator may be pretty sure that something fairly exciting is going to happen. When, 30 minutes before the curtain is to be rung down, the hero makes an arrangement with one of the gunmen to kill him before they leave, a spectator may be forgiven for twisting his program completely out of shape.

Starting off with the first situation and carrying the second to an odd...