The Theater: New Play on Broadway, Apr. 20, 1959

Kataki (by Shimon Wincelberg) is a play, originally done on television (TIME, March 24, 1958), with two characters, one of them a Japanese soldier who speaks all but a few of his lines in Japanese. Marooned with him on a South Pacific island near the end of World War II is a bird-brained, teen-age American G.I. who chitters with naive notions and cliches. The Japanese is seemingly incapable of an ignoble act, while the American is a bundle of petty spites and treachery.

Playwright Wincelberg may not write like a champion, but he obviously believes in handicapping himself like one. What keeps...

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