The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Mar. 31, 1952

Flight into Egypt (by George Tabori) is full of harsh subject matter that at times makes harrowing theater. But the subject matters infinitely less than it might, partly because Playwright Tabori never determines just what it is, partly because he never discovers quite where to stop. Writing of an Austrian refugee family bogged down in Cairo while trying to reach the U.S., he cannot separate foreground from background, or circumstance from fate.

Franz and Lili Engel, with their little son Bubi, fled Vienna after their shop was bombed, and Franz had spent months in Buchenwald. In a corrupt and decadent Cairo they...

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