The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Apr. 16, 1956

A Month in the Country (adapted from the Russian of Ivan Turgenev by Emlyn Williams) has for some strange reason been a theatrical wallflower, while Chekhov's four daughters have constantly been given a whirl. Last produced in Manhattan in 1930, A Month remains one of those small classics that, however long kept in mothballs, keep their charming bouquet. The play needs—as the Phoenix Theater has given it—a sensitive production: Michael Redgrave has ably directed an able cast, and Emlyn Williams' adaptation is in crisply laundered English.

Turgenev's story, laid in the 1840s, portrays the...

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