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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1926
fMusic
AND
DRAMA
THE DESCENT OF O'EILL
Eugene O'Neill, playwright of "The
Great God Brown", "The Emperor
Jones", "Beyond the Horizon" anl
other serious dramas, has written a
new play (this one seems not a drama,
but only a Play), which has somehow
gotten into the hands of George Jean
Nathan, critic, who has seven pages
to say on the subject in th current
issue of "The American Mercury".
The play seems to be O'Neill's nega-
tive argument with the critics who
have defamed his lack of humor in the
predlecessors of the new play, "Marco's'
M~illions". From all that Mr. Nathan
can say in seven pages it appears
that O'Neill's argument ought to be ai
strong one, and that he ought to win.
Our only hope is that the argument
wvon't last long; either that "Marco
M\illions" will win in a season for
O'Neill, or that O'Neill will be de-
feated on the first night and will there-
upon retire to his own genius. Nat-'
oraly we wish the best to this idolized
playwright, but it seems from even a
fragmentary reading of O'Neill's play
that his best is something above thei
ordinary laugh-a-minute comedy
which scores of those who live in serf-I
dour to Broadway's producers are cap-
able of.
"Marco's Millions" is represented
by Nathan as being sort of a vice'
versa of "The Connecticut Yankee ii
K£ing Arthur's Court" on the stage, inj
which Messer Marco Polo, conqueror
of rulers, bravado, shiek, comedian,
and possessor of any other modern at-
tribute which will add humor to a
pre-Columbus explorer, starts a sort
of obstreperized "Lord Jim conquest"'
of Mongolia's millions. The sweet-
heart of his boyhood days is left at
Home in Venice, while Marco is pu-
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sued by the jungle at tentions ofth
beaut ifu Il-Princess Kokh 1ill.
At the end of his sexe n lpagc s 111.
Nathan quotes a paragi2 iph troin the!
play itself which is worl ii repoaW jug
''The lights", writes O'Neill, "coneic
up brilliantly in the theater. In an
aisle seat in the front row a man getsf
up, conceals a yawvn in his palm.
stretches his legs as if they had be-
come cramped through too loig an
evening, takes his hat from under t he i
seat and starts to file out slowly wtithl
the others in the audience. lBnt, al-
though there is nothinig out of thie
ordinary in his actionis, his 8 ppearaune
excites general comment 811(1 sur -
prise, for he is dressed as a Venetiani
nierchant of the later Thirteenth C ei-
tury. In fact, it is none other th~an
Marco Polo himself, looking a bit
sleepy, a trifle puzzledi and nzot a little
irritated at his thoughts which, in .
spite of himselt, cling for a passing'
moment to the pl~ay just ended. ie C
appears quite unaware of being unz-
usual and walks in the crowd without
self'-consciousness, very nich as one
of them. Arr'ived at the lobby, his face
jlbegins to clear of all distui aiavne7
ories of what has transp 1iredon the
stage. His car, a luxuriousiPierce-
Arrow lim~ousine, drawes upz to t he
curb. He gels in briskly: the door is
slammed; the cardgsawyin to
the t raffle; and Polo, °wit iila::<<iel
sigh at the comifor't, of it a) 1, (Ulli;-
{back to life.",

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