The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Apr. 7, 1952

The Grass Harp (by Truman Capote) gives forth, for a time, a tremulous, delicate music, catching in a special world of its own some of the deep longings of the real world. But the music falters: in dramatizing his novel, Capote has told a stagier story, and brought in more themes than he can orchestrate or develop.

Verena Talbo has always tyrannized her sister Dolly (finely played by Mildred Natwick). But when she tries to cheat her as well, Dolly flees—with a young boy cousin and a tart-tongued servant (well played by Georgia Burke)—to a tree house in a wood. It is...

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