The Theater: New Play on Broadway, Dec. 7, 1959

A Loss of Roses finds Playwright William (Picnic) Inge once again in the Middle West of a generation ago, portraying troubled, torn, anonymous lives. This time, he considers the jangled relationship between a widow (Betty Field) and her 21-year-old son (Warren Beatty), and what happens when an out-of-work tent-show dancer who had once been their maid (Carol Haney) comes to stay with them. The mother—whom the son deeply resents because he is too deeply drawn to her—had been happily married and, because of the boy's attitude, has given up marrying again. Aware of...

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