The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 3, 1958

Summer of the 17th Doll (by Ray Lawler) reached Broadway, after something of a triumph in London, from its native Australia. As Broadway's first newsworthy Australian play in history, it has its piquant side—plenty of local color, a working-class lingo, accents faithfully rendered by an all-Australian cast. As altogether honest work, it treats understandingly of believable people and of an odd patterning of human lives. But neither a fresh background nor a sound theme can give the play sufficient dramatic pressure or verbal leverage; if there are no false notes to the writing,...

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