The Theatre: New & Old Plays in Manhattan

Murder in the Cathedral (by T. S. Eliot; produced by Gilbert Miller & Ashley Dukes). Poetic drama by modern writers has been chiefly the plaything of the Little Theatres or the largess of high-minded or highfalutin producers. With a contemporary background poetic drama seems nerveless, artificial, grandiose. But with a historical background it can still, in the right hands, achieve a noble movement.

This was proved nearly two years ago in Manhattan, when the Federal Theatre successfully produced Murder in the Cathedral. The proof still seemed valid last week when the English production...