The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Sep. 29, 1952

Mr. Pickwick (freely adapted from Charles Dickens by Stanley Young) transfers The Pickwick Papers very pleasantly to the stage. What results, to be sure, is no longer exactly The Pickwick Papers: in writing for the theater, Playwright Young has been forced to domesticate one of the most gallivanting and helter-skelter of narratives, and hence to sacrifice a good deal of its hearty coaching flavor and its wildly exuberant fun. Moreover, in the act of boiling down the contents of the book, he has scrambled them as well. But if this is a thinner-blooded Pickwick, it is also a more tractable...

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