The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Dec. 29, 1952

The Grey-Eyed People (by John D. Hess) was a two-tone play whose colors brutally clashed. It told of a suburban individualist who staged a hot-tempered crusade on behalf of a former Communist who ran afoul of the community. Part of the time the author—a veteran TV writer—seemed concerned with a pressing contemporary situation. The rest of the time he merely seemed concerned with what it could yield in laughs.

Some of his gags were clever enough, some of his scenes had the right farcical commotion for a different kind of play, and in Walter Matthau he had an engaging leading man. But...

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