The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 14, 1955

Bus Stop (by William Inge) is the season's and possibly the author's best play. In this night-lighted picture of snow-stalled, long-distance-bus passengers huddling in a small-town eatery, the author of Picnic sounds no great depths and stirs no new currents, and he clutches sentiment to the same degree that he shrugs off story. But at its own level, Bus Stop is fresh and engaging. In catching the drift, and once or twice shifting the direction of his characters' lives, Inge has revealed the surface and something of the underside of all anonymous humanity. And by writing with pervasive, even explosive humor—by...

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