The New York Times, October 28, 1934
Mr. Behrman Speaks
By S. N.
To the Drama Editor:
May I register a dissenting, though I hope eventually not a
minority, opinion concerning "A
Sleeping Clergyman" by James Bridle? I, for one, found this
play extraordinarily fascinating, often profound, and in
several scenes, such as the one in which Miss Ruth Gordon
treats an irritating sweetheart to prussic acid, thrillingly
dramatic. In fact, with the exception of one scene in which
that always nebulous figure, the scientist with the
world-saving serum brewing in an off-stage laboratory, waits
for the result like a baseball fan at a radio, this play
engrossed me from beginning to end.
"A Sleeping Clergyman" seems to me to offer a full and
provocative and almost continuously satisfying evening in
the theatre. In an authoritative and a dramatic way it deals
with the mysterious and incalculable meshing of heredity
which often weaves in such a way as to confound the glib
sterilizers; it touches genuinely and contemporaneously, if
pessimistically, on the conflict of the stubborn and gallant
individual will against the indifference and brutality of
the mass, and in it Miss Gordon gives a performance of
extraordinary power and variety.
S. N. BEHRMAN,
New York, Oct. 11, 1934.