The Theater: New Play on Broadway, Oct. 24, 1960

The Wall (by Millard Lampell; based on John Hersey's novel), rather than enclosing something dramatically, restricts and obstructs it. The harrowing chronicle of the Jews of Warsaw, first made ghetto captives by the Nazis, then robbed of homes and dignity and freedom until in enormous numbers they were sent "East" and fiendishly robbed of life, explodes its horrors over and over again. Its nightmares are vivid upon the stage; the mere sight—through the smoke of gunfire—of the Wall speaks volumes. But what power The Wall commands comes from the tale rather than the telling, from scattered incidents rather than a sustained...

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