On the Horizon: Anne Frank on Broadway
Those of us who have read and loved Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl might well be interested in the production currently enjoying success at the Cort Theater in an adaptation by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett called simply The Diary of Anne Frank. One knows beforehand that to translate such a work into drama is an impossible task for anyone but a Chekhov, and particularly for the caliber of playwrights who address themselves to the business of “adapting” these days. But at 8:40 P.M. there is a magic of expectation that puts one in a generous frame of mind, and creates the hope that the failure about to be witnessed will at least be an honorable attempt. And when the theater darkens, the hush falls, and the velvet curtain rises slowly on the dimly lit interior we recognize as the “Secret Annex,” all is well, because the set, ingeniously compact, is faithful to our impression of the cramped and shabby quarters which the diary describes. Immediately familiar, nostalgic, and poignant, we believe in it.
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