Old Play in Manhattan, Nov. 1, 1943

Othello (by William Shakespeare; produced by The Theater Guild) gave Broadway its first powerful drama in months, its first Negro Othello in history. Playing the noble, credulous Moor was Paul Robeson, who played him 13 years ago in London, a year ago in Cambridge (Mass.) and Princeton (TIME, Aug 24 1942).

A year's thought has fashioned both a better production and a better-balanced one; in terms of tense and vivid melodrama, indeed, this Othello is as good as Broadway can hope to see. If Robeson last week was a less moving figure than he...

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