The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Mar. 1, 1948

Mr. Roberts (adapted by Thomas Heggen & Joshua Logan from Mr. Heggen's novel; produced by Leland Hayward) was a smash hit (advance sale: $400,000) weeks before it arrived on Broadway. Cased out of town, it was rumored to be out of this world. Happily, it is one of the better things in it: a good show superlatively produced; a rowdy, romantic, sometimes rather touching, sometimes uproariously funny wartime chronicle.

Laid on a Pacific cargo ship late in the war and far from the fighting, Mr. Roberts pictures a shipload of men worn down by...

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