Theater: New Plays off-Broadway

Roots (by Arnold Wesker) is the first play by this much-heralded "angry" young English playwright to reach New York. But if all too social-minded. Roots is in tone—except dismayingly at the end —far from angry; it might qualify, in fact, as the flattest-voiced play of the season. This is part of its meaning: it concerns the return of a young girl living in London to her farm-worker family —set, ignorant, mean-souled people given to drab gossip and barnyard jokes. The girl, having gained wider horizons through a self-educated Socialist boy friend, vainly hymns culture and social awareness to her family. Then,...

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