Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: May 29, 1939

The Brown Danube (by Burnet Hershey) is the season's fifth anti-fascist fiasco. Like the others it falls short in imagination and scope. Unlike the others, it manages—simply as a florid, stagy melodrama—to keep moving. The story of a noble Austrian family who get in dutch after Anschluss, it tells of a beautiful princess who, to save her brother's life, agrees to marry a brutal Nazi Commissioner, of a sly old grandfather who has the winning card up his sleeve. In the end the harassed nobles get safely across the frontier—into Ruritania.

Life and Death of an American (by George Sklar; produced by...

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