The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Apr. 10, 1950

The Wisteria Trees (by Joshua Logan; based on Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard; produced by Mr. Logan & Leland Hayward) converts Chekhov's 19th Century Russian landowners into turn-of-the-century Louisiana gentlefolk. Thereafter there are perhaps as many subtle differences between The Wisteria Trees and The Cherry Orchard as there are obvious resemblances. The difference that matters most: The Wisteria Trees is immeasurably inferior.

In Louisiana as in Russia the play concerns a dying class of charming, weak, self indulgent aristocrats who stubbornly refuse to face reality, and the emerging power of plebeian gogetters....

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