Theater: Endecott & the Red Cross

Robert Lowell has yet to learn that drama is more than the sound of one man talking. A poet by gift and craft, he is intelligent, passionate, articulate and astringent, but his dramatic imagination is embryonic. The result is that it is almost more rewarding to read his plays than see them.

While Endecott and the Red Cross, at the off-Broadway American Place Theater, is not really a play, it is a variety of some other distinctly interesting things. Based on two short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it is a kind of animated syllabus...