The Theater: Playwright's Return

The Country Girl (by Clifford Odets; produced by Dwight Deere Wiman) brings back Odets, after more than ten years in the wasteland, to the land of the living. It by no means brings him back in triumph; even when his play throbs, it is not always with honest life, and by the end it looks footlighted and chalky. But it has passages of fierce feeling that only Odets could write, and characters that at moments are bitingly real.

The play tells of a once-famous actor who is a down-at-heel drunk, of his loyal, long-suffering...

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