The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 2, 1953

The Frogs of Spring (by Nathaniel Benchley) concerns two Manhattan families who live in adjoining houses—or, for stage purposes, adjoining backyards. Both the husbands (Anthony Ross and Hiram Sherman) are boyishly irresponsible; and having, in sudden Blutbrüderschaft, removed the fence between their yards, they go in for endeavors involving more bourbon than brainwork—helium tanks, portable swimming pools, stilt houses for their reluctant young. This way of living leads in time to a loss of jobs and temporary decline in brotherliness.

Robert Benchley's playwright son Nathaniel has a nice share of the family wit, both wacky and urbane. The Frogs of Spring is...

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