Take four shop-talking doctors, a renegade artist with revolutionary ideas of morality, two more, less brilliant, medicos, and a very beautiful woman. Throw in a smattering of medical hokus-pocus, a cure for tuberculosis, two cases of that disease, and a love affair. Now you have some of the ingredients of George Bernard Shaw's merry play which Katharine Cornell has brought to Boston. One of the four doctors has the new cure, and the love affair. The two cases of the disease are given to the fifth doctor and the artist. The dilemma is this; Should the doctor save the artist and ruin his love affair, or let the artist die and marry his wife.
The play is typically Shavian, marked by his brilliant dialogue, his sardonic philosophy, and a unique ending. The cast is excellent, and only a great actress like Katharine Cornell could outshine it. Even though her role is small, she carries the burden of the play, while Shaw laughs gaily at the world and the audience laughs with him.