(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in the New York Times, 9/22; via Antonio.)

PRINCETON, N.J. — Everyone onstage looks a little clammy at times in the enjoyable if slightly tame new stage adaptation of “Baby Doll” at the McCarter Theater Center here. The once-grand but now visibly crumbling mansion in which much of the action takes place looks as if it would give scant protection from the fierce Mississippi Delta sun. But the tensions that inflame its inhabitants are the primary cause of any excessive perspiration.

If you’ve seen the sensation-causing 1956 movie, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan, you will probably recall that the clammiest character by far is Archie Lee Meighan, played here by Robert Joy with an oily desperation. Archie Lee has been married to a comely young woman, referred to only by the endearment of the title, for some time, but by agreement with the girl’s now-dead father, the marriage can only be consummated on her 20th birthday, now just days away.

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