The Theater: The Streetcar Arrives

For once, even the critics agreed. Last week 17 out of 21 Broadway reviewers voted Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire the best new play of the season. Mister Roberts got two votes, Command Decision and Medea one each. The critics then picked Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy as the best foreign play to reach Broadway this season. Neither playwright was on hand to take a bow: Rattigan was home in England; Williams, whose Glass Menagerie had won the prize in 1944-45, was vacationing in Italy.

The critics' choice of Streetcar made Tennessee Williams the leading contender for the title of the...

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