The Theater: New Shows in Manhattan, Oct. 5, 1953

Take a Giant Step (by Louis Peterson) is the sort of play that is not done often enough, though it ought to be done better. It deals honestly with a young Negro's scuffle with adolescence, with growing pains that involve growing doubts and recognitions, with a tragicomic moodiness and incoherence, and with that giant step toward maturity that not only moves ahead but also turns a corner.

Spencer Scott lives in a comfortable middle-class home (in a white neighborhood) with sympathetic parents. But he is 17; he is in trouble at school, he is bothered by sex, he is at odds with...

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