The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Dec. 13, 1954

Mrs. Patterson (by Charles Sebree and Greer Johnson) chronicles the tangled real life and fragrant dream life of adolescence. There is good reason for Teddy Hicks's flights from reality: a 15-year-old Negro girl whose father deserted her mother (well played by Ruth Attaway), Teddy lives in ramshackle poverty. Mischievous, sensitive, sharp-tongued, she yearns to be "a rich white woman" like her mother's employer, Mrs. Patterson. But mingled with her gaudy fantasies of tea parties in the Patterson set are episodes involving raffish Chicago folk and a certain "Mr. D." from Hell. At the end, the dreams are crushed out, and Teddy...

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