Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 23, 1953

The Emperor's Clothes (by George Tabori) is theatrically an in-&-outer and artistically a might-have-been. Playwright Tabori (Flight Into Egypt) has yoked a fascinating idea for a play to a good deal more familiar one, and the two neither run very well in harness nor altogether keep to the road. Tabori's scene is Budapest in 1930; his atmosphere that of an incipient police state; his chief characters a small boy (Brandon de Wilde) and his father (Lee J. Cobb). The boy inhabits a mental world swarming with such heroes as Sherlock Holmes, Hoot Gibson and the Scarlet pimpernel. But his...

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