The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 1, 1954

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (adapted from his novel by Herman Wouk) comes off thoroughly good theater —and not least because it shuns the overtly theatrical. For stage purposes, Novelist Wouk has so backgrounded and built up the court-martial scene of his Caine Mutiny as to suggest a shipboard drama of events through a courtroom drama of character. Charles Laughton has staged the production with a superbly unswerving sense of the whole. Building slowly, the play at length walls in, not the court-martialed Lieut. Maryk, but his accuser, Commander Queeg, skipper of the...

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