The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 2, 1953

Picnic (by William Inge) has to do with haves and have-nots—but in amatory rather than economic terms, and not always to the haves' advantage. Laid in a small Kansas town, the play tells of a number of women and young girls, of their longings for men and marriage, and of the havoc created among them by a bull-like youth who happens by.

A good-looking, good-for-nothing roughneck (Ralph Meeker), he comes among a widow who had married unwisely for love; her two daughters, one beautiful and besought (Janice Rule), the other bright and coltishly adolescent (Kim Stanley); her boarder, an old-maid schoolteacher...

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