The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 11, 1957

A Hole in the Head (by Arnold Schulman) possibly originated as a kind of problem play—as something that should tackle the situation of a roughneck Jewish rolling stone left to bring up a twelve-year-old motherless son. That, in any case, is substantially how—after lots of Miami-hotel atmosphere and Jewish-family antics—it concludes: far from anything being straightened out almost nothing in A Hole in the Head has been explored.

Playwright Schulman has really used his situation much less as a problem than as a come-on and a catchall. The father, his Miami hotel foundering,...

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