The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Apr. 24, 1944

The Searching Wind (by Lillian Hellman; produced by Herman Shumlin) gave Broadway its first really provocative drama of the season. Unlike Playwright Hellman's The Children's Hour, The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, her The Searching Wind is not predominantly taut, violent, intense. Its span is long and its world spacious, though the action itself is too crowded at times. Playwright Hellman has pitched a handful of lives into the swirling history of our age. Her ominous little Washington dinner party of today not only resolves a puzzling 22-year-old triangle story; it audits...

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