The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Oct. 18, 1948

Summer and Smoke (by Tennessee Williams; produced by Margo Jones) is all too plainly—but not too happily—by the author of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. What stamps, and sometimes rubber-stamps, it as his is the nature of the story and the style of the storytelling; far too often missing is the talent of the storyteller.

Here again is Southern woman sore beset, hounded by desire and hobbled by gentility, and wrecked not so much by passion as by the attempt to give it a prettier name, to deny its carnal nature. Alma...

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