The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Dec. 18, 1944

A Bell for Adano (adapted by Paul Osborn from John Kersey's novel; produced by Leland Hayward) keeps its tone but not its resonance when rung in the theater. Although Playwright Osborn has been resourceful in retelling the John Hersey story and scrupulous about preserving its spirit, the result is a nice play rather than a notable one. The picture it presents is not quite dramatic enough, the presentation a little on the bumpy side.

The well-known story of earnest, hu mane AMG Major Joppolo, who made democracy work in Fascist-ridden Adano, and of...

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