The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Jan. 21, 1952

Anna Christie (by Eugene O'Neill) seems to stumble after 30 years. It opens well, with one of O'Neill's sharpest first acts, but it is not one of his good plays. Nor, even though it is due to move from the City Center to Broadway, is the present production any help: it stresses both the play's age and the playwright's streaks of adolescence.

Seldom was O'Neill more vividly theater-minded than at the start of Anna, where his bleary old barge captain excitedly awaits the daughter he hasn't seen since her childhood; and Anna slouches in at last, a tired tramp. But having beautifully...

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