The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 16, 1950

The Member of the Wedding (adapted by Carson McCullers from her novel; produced by Robert Whitehead, Oliver Rea & Stanley Martineau) has much the value of a bit of garden amid asphalt and city smoke. Its virtues are refreshing and uncommon on Broadway, and its writing largely excuses its playwriting. For Carson McCullers' novel suffers from haying been made into a play—or, rather, from not having been.

Laid in a Southern town, The Member portrays the intimate relationship of three essentially lonely people: a motherless twelve-year-old girl, a middle-aged Negro servant and a small boy. Gawky, bewildered, self-dramatizing Frankie Addams, full of...

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