The Theater: Adam and Evil

THE CREATION OF THE WORLD AND OTHER BUSINESS by ARTHUR MILLER

When a mature dramatist of international distinction writes a feeble, pointless play, a feeling of sadness and embarrassment clings to the event. Is it, one asks, a temporary lapse, or is it evidence of declining powers? Whichever it is, Arthur Miller has come a cropper in The Creation of the World and Other Business.

For the first two acts, the most conscientious playgoer will be hard put to discern any guiding purpose in the play. It follows the Book of Genesis straightforwardly, except for the injection of delicatessen humor. This is unfortunate...