Review: Springs Eternal, Orange Tree Theatre

It is wonderful how the Orange Tree keeps finding unjustly neglected playwrights. I saw Susan Glaspell’s play Alison’s House there and looked forward to this, her final play, receiving its premiere 70 years after it was written. This is both its problem and its fascination – it was written in the middle of World War II. Many people in America had clearly not made up their minds whether the war was worth fighting and this confusion is reflected in the play. This leaves it not as well constructed as Alison’s House but offers a fascinating insight into the period. As always at the Orange Tree, the acting is of a high standard and the direction by Sam Walters is perfect.


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