Ernest Hemingway’s blond, glamorous third wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn, has been popping up all over Off-Broadway lately—first as the subject of the recently closed The Maddening Truth, and now in the Mint Theater’s production of Hemingway’s The Fifth Column. The drama was apparently produced only once before, in 1940, with an awful adaptation by Hollywood writer Benjamin Glazer, who believed that Hemingway’s sexually liberated female lead (inspired by Gellhorn) should have been raped by the protagonist rather than hopping into bed with him. Written while Hemingway was covering the Spanish Civil War as a correspondent, the play—which concerns the adventures of a counterespionage agent in Spain—is now finally getting a revival by the excellent Obie-winning Mint Theater, which happily aims to remain true to the original script.

Tue., Feb. 26, 2008