The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Feb. 27, 1956

The Ponder Heart (adapted from Eudora Welty's story by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov) puts all its slightly addled eggs in one basket—the basket of charm. Since they are really all Easter eggs to begin with, the thing works out very well. The whole Southern small-town tale of a lovable, eccentric ne'er-do-ill put on trial for murder has a light pastel daffiness about it, a way of making life look delightfully woozy through wrong-prescription rose-colored glasses.

Rich, bighearted, wackish Uncle Daniel Ponder has. among other benefactions, married a pretty little birdbrain (Sarah Marshall) and...

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