The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 21, 1957

New Play in Manhattan A Clearing in the Woods (by Arthur Laurents) found a fairly new way to treat a neurotic woman. The treatment—which was theatrical, not medical, and consisted of physically landscaping her troubled mind and fleshing her ugly memories—was unsuccessful, as it was basically unwise. But in a flabby season, at least Playwright Laurents (The Time of the Cuckoo) attempted something provocative and at times achieved something striking; and Kim Stanley (Bus Stop) was frequently brilliant in a taxing role.

The play had its overwrought romantic egoist of a heroine delving among memories of her...

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