The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 18, 1957

Visit to a Small Planet (by Gore Vidal) attracted considerable attention as a satirical TV yarn about a man from a distant and civilized planet who. via flying saucer, visits his "hobby," the Earth. It later aroused considerable speculation as to how, without being sadly watered down, a good saucerful of TV fun could fill a regulation soup bowl of a play. The problem has been solved, on the whole quite happily, by not turning Visit to a Small Planet into a play. It has been turned, instead, into a kind of vaudeville show,...

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