The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Oct. 21, 1957

The Egghead (by Molly Kazan) is a contemporary play about a not-very-contemporary-minded professor. Hank Parson is full of high-minded intolerances, grants his seemingly dumb wife the freedom of thought to agree with him, chants ancient war cries while ignoring current wars. Then the FBI comes investigating a favorite former student of his, a brilliant Negro. Certain that the student is not a Communist and equally certain why he is being smeared as one, Parson rushes to his defense and brings him to the college to speak. All too soon, by way of his wife's sleuthing, the professor learns that the student...

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