Old Play in Manhattan, Dec. 8, 1947

Antony and Cleopatra (by William Shakespeare; produced by Katharine Cornell) is one of the world's greatest plays and the theater's greatest problems. It does far more than celebrate one of the most famous of all love affairs; more even than trace the downfall of one of the most powerful figures of history through his dalliance with one of the most passionate. Antony and Cleopatra is a swarming and forever-shifting chronicle of conspiracies and conquests, of realms and empires. In amplitude, it is a kind of War and Peace among plays; and the knotty...

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