Theater: Bridge Party

A Passage to India attempts to translate into three acts the astringencies of E. M. Forster's renowned novel. Santha Rama Rau has done her adaptation with intelligence, and the acting—notably that of Eric Portman—is excellent. But the play is not entirely successful. The reduction in scale is true to the shape of the novel, but less broad, less deep.

In Chandrapore, Forster's provincial Indian town of the 1920s, the British raj condescendingly called social events attended by both races ''bridge parties." The play opens with such a party. Fielding (Portman), the government college...

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