The Theater: New Play in Edinburgh

T. S. Eliot had already published three plays, but the Nobel Prizewinning poet and critic has always been more at home with his publishers than with theater people. The Rock (1934), Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Family Reunion (1939) all got into print without the test of a stage tryout—a process which prompts most dramatists to fresh visions and revisions.

Last week, for The Cocktail Party, his new blank-verse comedy, Playwright Eliot appeared in a new role: the harried craftsman who jots notes in the balcony while the actor runs through the dress rehearsal. For four weeks in Edinburgh's Royal...

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