The Theatre: Knight Errant

In the U. S., only brash, Johnny-jump-up William Saroyan hastens more incontinently to answer his critics than Playwright Clifford Odets. Last week, after the opening of his new play about love, Rocket to the Moon, Odets punctually tore into print.

"Some of the points that are being made about Rocket to the Moon," said Odets, "were made in precisely the same way about Golden Boy at first. Critics complained that the subject was so well known: —Why do it again?

"It is almost silly," Odets went on, "to have to be defending the theme...

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