The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Mar. 19, 1951

The Autumn Garden (by Lillian Hellman; produced by Kermit Bloomgarden) is a strikingly new kind of Lillian Hellman play. The plot is not at all striking and is secondary to the people; the people are pretty average people, neither vipers nor vixens. The scene is the South—an elegant summer boarding house run by a wellborn, middle-aged spinster. The guests are largely people of her own generation and kind—fiberless, frustrated people: a quiet, cynical drinker who has never married; a quiet-seeking general married to a fool; a confused young man halfheartedly about to marry...

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