The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 10, 1944

South Pacific (by Howard Rigsby & Dorothy Heyward; produced by David Lowe) is not a good play, but it has the fairly rare Broadway desire to by-pass trash for truth. It tells of a torpedoed Negro seaman (Canada Lee) who lands on a Jap-held South Pacific island. Having been pushed around for years in the U.S., Sam is cynical and rancorous, indifferent to who wins the war, delighted that, because of his dark skin, he can pose as a native. He finds a pretty Negro missionary girl and becomes a contented lotus-eater.

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