The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Oct. 26, 1953

The Teahouse of the August Moon (adapted by John Patrick from the novel by Vern Sneider) has roughly the same locale as Mister Roberts and South Pacific and should have roughly the same success. The play has all the virtues of a big popular hit and not too many of the usual drawbacks. In treating of an occupation officer's experiences in an Okinawa village, Playwright Patrick has chosen a warm comedy level and stuck to it. Perhaps more crucially, Playwright Patrick, helped by able Director Robert Lewis and Scene Designer Peter Larkin, has created throughout an artificial, fairy-tale mood. Hence, though...

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