Rare J.M. Bar­rie play pub­lished this week

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — As mys­ter­ies go, “The Re­con­struc­tion of the Crime’’ is es­pe­cially light, a stage farce billed as one “Sen­sa­tional Scene’’ in which a man iden­ti­fied only as “The Vic­tim’’ asks the au­di­ence to help find the cul­prit.

J.M. Bar­rie, the co-cre­ator, was known for play­ing to the crowd.

Pub­lished this week in The Strand Magazine, a quar­terly that has un­earthed ob­scure works by John Stein­beck, F. Scott Fitzger­ald and many oth­ers, “The Re­con­struc­tion of the Crime’’ is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bar­rie and his friend and fel­low man of let­ters E.V. Lu­cas, be­lieved writ­ten dur­ing the First World War and rarely seen since.

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