The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 4, 1957

The Hidden River (adapted from Storm Jameson's novel by Ruth and Augustus Goetz) is a split-level kind of play. Laid in France in 1950, it is partly a mystery piece over who informed on a young Resistance fighter in World War II, partly a moral inquest into types of French behavior under the Nazis. The dead man's vengeance-crying mother will not rest till she has found his betrayer; simultaneously, the playwrights set up a kind of hearing—not just for outright heroes and traitors, but for one Frenchman with a certain tolerance of...

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